Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research says ever-industrious hackers are churning out unprecedented volumes of spam and malware and launching massive DDoS attacks aimed directly at data centers every day, forcing providers to shore up their networks and develop innovative security solutions to protect themselves and generate revenue .
Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its Cloud and Data Center Security Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, for which incumbent, competitive, data center and cloud operators were interviewed about their strategies for deploying security in the data center and their ratings of security vendors. The highlights shared by Infonetics include:
DDoS prevention systems are the #1 security platform in which service provider respondents plan to invest over the next 12 months
Nearly 30% of respondents say they need 40G ports on security gear now, with 75% saying they’ll need 100G interfaces by 2014
Respondents have deployed or are evaluating security products from a massive list of vendors, and there is no clear cloud and data center security leader
There is, however, a clear affinity for vendors with diverse security offerings (hardware appliances, virtual appliances, and server software)