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The popularity of cloud-based security services will overtake on-premise alternatives within the next three years, according to market watcher Gartner.
The analyst house set out its vision for how the take-off of cloud computing will affect the security market over the coming years by changing the way people generally consume IT.
The company predicts that cloud will be used to deliver 10 per cent of enterprise security capabilities by 2015, and the growth rate for cloud-based offerings will overtake on-premise security products during that time.
“Cost reduction, flexibility of deployment across multiple IT environments, and fast implementation and product updates [are] among major factors driving demand,” said Gartner in a statement.
However, analyst said connectivity issues and companies that require customised security products will struggle to take advantage of cloud-based security offerings.
“The biggest opportunities currently centre on areas such as messaging and web security, as well as remote vulnerability assessment,” said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner.
“[But] as maturity evolves a wide variety of security offerings will emerge, such as data loss prevention, encryption and authentication, to be increasingly available in the cloud.”
The market watcher also predicts that 20 per cent of the VPN and firewall market will be deployed in a virtual switch on a hypervisor, rather than on a physical appliance, by 2015.
Eric Ahlm, research director at Gartner, said this could open up new market opportunities for virtualisation players as time goes on.
“The virtual firewall market has been limited to datacentre-class firewalls, which make up the minority of the total firewall market,” said Ahlm.
“A push from the virtual providers to bring their technology to the edge could be a key accelerator to the virtual switch market growth...enabling the key benefits of virtualised servers, while not compromising security.”