The security appliance market in Western Europe is treading water managing to end 2009 in roughly the same place it was the year before.
According to IDC revenue from security appliances totaled $1.61bn last year a 3% decrease compared to 2008.
Despite consolidation and commodisation in the firewall/VPN market the last quarter of 09 saw a surge in demand at the high-end for appliances with Cisco taking the most market share followed by Juniper Networks and Nokia.
IDC warned that the Unified Threat Management (UTM) market is coming under increasing pressure with users expecting more included in the package.
But the strongest growth came in the content management appliance space with a 14.5% growth over the year before hitting a value of $90.7m in Q409.
"After a challenging start to the year, the Western security appliance market turned around in Q409 to reach the same results as in the final quarter of the previous year," said Romain Fouchereau, research analyst at IDC.
"On the back of those better than expected results in Q409, IDC anticipates the security appliance market to fully rebound over the coming quarters," he said.