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Secure Services Edge market scores $800M in revenue for Q1, Dell'OroSecure Services Edge market scores $800M in revenue for Q1, Dell'Oro

The Secure Services Edge (SSE) grew 40% year-over-year to over $800 million in revenue in Q1, according to Dell'Oro Group.

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Secure Services Edge market scores $800M in revenue for Q1, Dell'Oro

The Secure Services Edge (SSE) market had a banner first quarter, growing 40% year-over-year to over $800 million, according to Dell'Oro Group.

The research group qualifies SSE as a security-focused subset of the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) market, which is the convergence of networking and security services. Total SASE networking and security revenue was nearly $1.5 billion in Q1, with 30% growth YoY. The SASE market has more than 35 vendors, with the top 11 representing 80% of the market by revenue.

Unified SASE, the portion of the market that delivers SASE as an integrated platform, reached triple digit YoY revenue growth, according to Dell'Oro.

"We have identified SSE as an initial basket of four cloud-delivered security technologies that underpin security in SASE," said Research Director Mauricio Sanchez for Dell'Oro Group, in a statement. That grouping includes the combination of cloud-delivered Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Zero Trust Network Architecture (ZTNA) and Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS) technologies, said Dell'Oro.

As more employees move to a hybrid work model, "enterprises increasingly prefer cloud-delivered security over traditional on-premises solutions," added Sanchez.

Within the basket of the four cloud-delivered security technologies, revenue from both FWaaS and ZTNA cumulatively grew over 100% YoY in Q1. In addition, Dell'Oro noted that SWG and CASB revenue grew at a rate of 30% YoY.

The SD-WAN market, which falls within the SASE category, experienced revenue growth over 20% YoY in Q1, despite supply chain constraints, said Dell'Oro.

In a recent interview with Light Reading, Orange's John Isch said that SD-WAN and security are tightly bound: "We learned early on that security and SD-WAN go together – you can't extricate one from the other, you have to have the same conversation with those two teams in order for it to work and they have to work together," said Isch.

In addition, Isch explained that it's become easier for Orange to discuss the convergence of security and networking with customers due to the industry's adoption of SASE terminology.

"To me, [SASE] is more of a formalization of what was happening rather than a brand new idea," said Isch.

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Kelsey Kusterer Ziser studied journalism and mass communication with a second major of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications where she worked with a variety of clients focused on communications network infrastructure, including switches, routers, SBCs, data center equipment and systems. There, she witnessed the growing influence of fiber in the industry, as packet optical service delivery platforms transformed network performance and scale.

Her drive for communicating the impact of new technology translated into a communications position at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. While at FREEDM, Kelsey orchestrated the center’s webinar program which crossed multiple college campuses and covered research projects like cyber security in the smart grid, the center's smart solid-state transformer, fault isolation devices and distributed energy storage devices. She most recently worked in marketing at a healthcare company and is excited to take on the role of editor for Light Reading's Upskill U website.

Outside the office, she can be found riding her aging Raleigh-brand road bike or dodging snakes on runs through the local Raleigh, N.C., greenways. A glass half-full gal, Kelsey is grateful for the sunning reptiles because they motivate her to improve her timed miles.

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