Cloud Burst Fuels Security Spike

Infonetics Research says security spending for virtualized environments set to spike; Microsoft, Cisco, VMware early brand leaders

April 5, 2011

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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- Many companies are moving to a virtualized server infrastructure to take advantage of the overabundance of computing resources in their networks, save energy and cost, and make their IT infrastructure more robust, but they are starting to realize that this may all come at the expense of security. Market research firm Infonetics Research recently conducted a survey of end-user companies that have deployed server virtualization about their buying plans for security.

The survey, "Security for Virtualized Infrastructure: North American Enterprise Survey," is a 20-page report of buyer plans, deployment drivers, budgets, strategies, and ratings of vendors in the space.

"While the market leader in the data center/cloud security space is at this point undecided, at the center of the leadership puzzle is the emerging segment of security solutions for virtualized environments. Microsoft, Cisco, and VMware lead in brand awareness and strength overall now, but this is only one (admittedly early) piece of the virtualization/data center security leadership puzzle. It's possible that when it comes down to who will actually be able to best monetize security solutions for virtualized environments, players with much lower brand presence will do better than some of the players with stronger overall brands, if they deliver a better product," contends Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

Infonetics Research Inc.

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