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New Network Intrusion Prevention System Magic Quadrant Published

by Greg Young  |  December 6, 2010  |  3 Comments

The updated Network IPS MQ was published today, for our clients. 

The IPS market is driven mostly by the adjacent firewall market.  Firewall vendors have in the past not been able to deliver IPS within the firewall that is both integrated and competitive with stand-alone IPS.  This edition of the IPS MQ highlights that as the IPS market has expanded into a due diligence market, the pace of innovation of firewalls will determine IPS’ future. 

Firewall vendors need next generation firewall features of which quality IPS is a mandatory, and IPS vendors need to decide whether they move into the anchor point of the enterprise firewall market and take on the incumbents. The additional theme is success in acquisition – both in making them and in being acquired.

A great companion document is “Magic Quadrants and MarketScopes: How Gartner Evaluates Vendors Within a Market“.

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Thoughts on New Network Intrusion Prevention System Magic Quadrant Published

  1. Mike Silverstone says:

    In this blog Greg says that “.. the pace of innovation of firewalls will determine IPS’s future..”, but the MQ report does not mention anything of what is doing each market participant in this regard nor asigning and specific weight for it. I felt like reading the 2008 MQ report.

  2. Greg Young says:

    You raise an important point Mike. That comment was about the market as a whole.

    This MQ is narrowed intentionally to the stand-alone IPS market and how the products stack up for buying a product in that market. The Firewall MQ is heavily weighted on deep inspection capability and roadmap for next generation firewalls. With the expectation that the IPS market will plateau and decline (and take the MQ with it to a Market Scope or Market Note), we separate out the market direction from the capabilities of the products within that market.

    IPS buyers should look at the IPS MQ for the IPS capabilities, however in looking at whether to implenent deep inspection on the firewall or the IPS, both MQs need to be considered.


  3. Mike Silverstone says:

    Hello Greg, thanks a lot for the clarification. Regards

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