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The security market might have been seen as immune to the downturn, but the latest figures tracking the sale of appliances across Europe show the recession has hit the market.
For the second consecutive quarter, IDC's western European Security Appliance tracker numbers for Q3 show a decline of 16.2% year on year.
The finger of blame was squarely pointed at customers delaying spending as well as the maturity in the firewall and VPN market.
The firewall/VPN market declined by 28.9% compared with the same quarter in 2008, and intrusion prevention appliances were down by 27.1%, with UTM being the best performing with 1.9% growth.
"After a strong year in 2008, the economic downturn has finally caught up with the European security market," said Romain Fouchereau, research analyst at IDC.
But the analyst house is expecting the delayed customer spending to be short-lived and for the market to rebound from a negative six months.
"IDC anticipates both security budgets and the security appliance market to quickly turn around in 2010 from a challenging 2009," added Fouchereau.
UTM vendors, which dominate the appliance space, continued to do reasonably well, with Fortinet the market leader across western Europe, followed by Secure Computing and Juniper.