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Report: Cloud, virtualization adoption drives endpoint server security spending

As cloud infrastructure and server virtualization adoption rates grow among the global private sector, decision-makers are leveraging more endpoint security solutions in an attempt to prevent data breaches, hacking and other situations that could result in the exposure of sensitive information.

According to a new report by Global Industry Analysts, the market for worldwide corporate endpoint server security tools is forecast to generate nearly $876 million in revenue by 2018.

GIA noted that servers are the heart of an enterprise's network, as they perform a single activity for multiple users, compared to client computers that host multiple tasks for a single person. Furthermore, cloud computing and virtualization technologies have made it possible for servers to permit access to users outside the conventional office, boosting efficiency as well as potential vulnerabilities. As a result, decision-makers are recognizing the need to protect servers more effectively and are leveraging next-generation tools to do so.

By using corporate endpoint server security solutions, such as firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention software, enterprises can improve their odds of protecting mission-critical information and applications from malicious outsiders or negligent insiders. As data breaches continue to be widely publicized by the media, the adoption of security tools is becoming more important than ever and will be a primary aspect of IT spending in the years to come.

A separate report by Gartner echoed this growing trend, noting that global revenue from security software reached $17.7 billion in 2011, up 7.5 percent from 2010.

"Products within the security market are undergoing rapid evolution, in terms of both new delivery models - with security as a service (SaaS) showing increasing popularity - and new technologies being introduced, often by startup companies," said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner.

As cloud computing continues to be adopted, advanced protection solutions will continue to be a priority for many organizations.

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