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Security cited as chief driver to rolling out SaaS solutions

Infonetics Research : 12 November, 2009  (New Product)
Content security survey from Infonetics Research discovers American businesses plan to move to cloud computing solutions for secure convenience and to prevent "application sprawl" resulting from the need for best-of-breed deployments
Security cited as chief driver to rolling out SaaS solutions
Market research firm Infonetics Research has released User Plans for Content Security, a market research study on the content security buying plans of 240 North American small, medium, and large organizations from a wide variety of vertical markets.

'When we asked companies what kind of products they are using to combat viruses, spyware and adware, most said they use a mix of host products, gateway appliances, and gateway software, including purchased standalone software products and licensed SaaS clients. This phenomenon is one of the biggest drivers for many companies to move to hosted and cloud-based solutions; appliance sprawl and large and unwieldy client deployments are time consuming and expensive, and the promise of moving that headache into the cloud is very tempting,' explains Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for network security at Infonetics Research.

Content Security Study Highlights:

- 60% of respondents planning to roll out a SaaS solution cited strength of security as a chief driver
- Cost is the number-one barrier affecting customer deployment of new content security solutions - The combination of the high cost of multi-box solutions and the current economic environment has driven cost to the top of the list
- Respondents show a good increase in plans for virtual appliance deployments
- Cisco rates highest overall in user ratings of content security manufacturers, but only by a slight margin for most criteria, followed by Symantec - Ratings are based on 8 criteria: technology, product roadmap, security, management, price-to-performance ratio, pricing, financial stability, and service and support
- The majority of respondents say the current global economic climate is not forcing them to cut content security spending, noting that compliance projects must continue and the fundamental need to protect confidential information and contain threats remains


Infonetics' content security study provides in-depth analysis on organizations deploying content security over the next 2 years, and their plans for protecting against Web, IM, and e-mail threats, and from viruses, spyware, malware, data leakage, and other content-related attacks.

The study features brand awareness and ratings of content security manufacturers and hosted/cloud-based service providers, including scorecards revealing user perceptions of their strengths and weaknesses, top vendors and providers, plans for switching vendors, selection criteria, and most important product and service features.

Companies named in the study include 3Com/TippingPoint, AT&T, Anchiva, Barracuda, Blue Coat, Check Point, Cisco, Citrix, eSoft, F5 Networks, Facetime, Fortinet, Google, IBM/ISS, IronPort, Juniper, Kaspersky Labs, McAfee, Microsoft, MX Logic, Panda, Perimeter eSecurity, Postini, ScanSafe, Secure Computing, SonicWALL, Symantec, Trend Micro, WatchGuard, Websense, and zScaler.

The study, based on interviews with purchase decision makers at 240 US and Canadian small, medium, and large organizations, also covers trends, drivers, barriers, expenditures, and more.
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