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Cloud and data centre operator survey

Infonetics Research : 23 December, 2013  (New Product)
Survey from Infonetics Research shows heavy security investments being made by cloud and data centre operators
Cloud and data centre operator survey

Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its 2013 Cloud and Data Centre Security Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, for which data centre and cloud operators were interviewed about their strategies for deploying security in the data centre and their ratings of security vendors.

"The primary concern right now among service providers operating data centres is getting the security infrastructure to match the performance of the network infrastructure," notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. "When it comes to protecting data centres, nothing drives service providers to invest in security solutions more than the performance requirements driven by infrastructure upgrades and the increasing size and scale of attacks."

Wilson adds: "The recent disclosures about the NSA stealing data from prominent data centres are causing a new wave of panic, forcing cloud and data centre providers to feverishly shore up their networks and systems."

Cloud and data centre survey higlights

* Due to infrastructure and interface upgrades, many operators surveyed are planning serious spending on good old-fashioned firewalls; DDoS prevention systems are also a top priority
* By 2015, nearly 2/3 of survey respondents will need firewalls that support between 100G and 499G, and another 30% anticipate needing over 500G
* For respondents deploying virtual security appliances, the drivers have shifted away from visibility and management functions to security
* Though operators are looking at the impact of SDN (software-defined networking) on security deployments, it is not yet heavily driving security spending
* Arbor, Cisco, Juniper, Check Point, Fortinet, and McAfee are viewed by operator respondents as key data centre/cloud vendors, although there is no clear leader
* Many respondents are also evaluating products from F5 and Palo Alto Networks

For its 25-page data centre and cloud security survey, Infonetics interviewed 23 incumbent, competitive, mobile, and data centre/cloud specialist carriers in North America, EMEA, and Asia about their strategies for deploying security in the data centre. The study provides insights into data centre and cloud security drivers, requirements, spending plans, deployments, suppliers, and more, and features operator ratings of 12 vendors (Arbor Networks, Check Point, Cisco, F5, Fortinet, HP, Juniper, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro, VMware, WatchGuard) on 11 criteria.

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