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Enterprise Shift from Network Security Hardware to Cloud-Friendly Alternatives Continues in 1Q 2023

May 15,2023 │ Editor:Azores Networks, LLC

According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, security, networks, and data center industries, the worldwide market for virtual- and software-as-a-service(SaaS)-based network security solutions achieved its twentieth consecutive quarter of sequential revenue growth in 1Q 2023. The pace of year-over-year (Y/Y) revenue growth for these solutions was over 20 percent in 1Q 2023, which was over twice as strong as for the traditional network security hardware appliances.  Network security solutions available in a virtual- or SaaS-based form factors span both traditional and newer product segments, such as firewalls, security service edge (SSE), secure web gateway (SWG), and web application firewalls (WAF).

“The shift to a cloud-centric IT architecture created a seismic shift in how enterprises consume network security technology with virtual- and SaaS-based network solutions grabbing the limelight,” said Mauricio Sanchez, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “In a world where applications, data, and users are all over the globe, the traditional approach of deploying hardware just doesn’t cut it anymore, and it’s the flexibility and agility of software and cloud-delivered form factors that are the better fit for the modern enterprise,” added Sanchez.