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Network Access Security Device Sales To Soar Over 1000%: Report

Worldwide revenues from sales of network access control (NAC) enforcement products will soar 1,101% over the next three years, according to a new report from Infonetics research.

The firm expects NAC enforcement revenues to rise from $323 million last year to $3.9 billion in 2008 as companies invest in NAC enforcement devices, appliances, and secure sockets layer virtual private networks (SSL VPN) for NAC enforcement. NAC enforcement appliance sales will start to take off this year, with Infonetics forecasting 3,062% revenue growth between 2005 and 2008. Though they won't grow as explosively as appliance revenues, revenues from sales of both integrated NAC enforcement devices and SSL VPNs for NAC enforcement will also expand considerably at more than a thousand percent and 798%, respectively, over the next three years.

"By far the largest portion of NAC enforcement revenue between now and 2008 comes from network-integrated enforcement devices," Infonetics principal analyst Jeff Wilson said in a statement, "but the biggest change is in NAC enforcement appliances, whose share of the market nearly triples between 2005 and 2008."

The NAC market is dominated by Cisco and Microsoft, and the Trusted Computing Group, an industry consortium developing NAC standards. Cisco's NAC solution has the edge in mindshare, with Microsoft's NAP and the Trusted Computing Group's Network Connect solution trailing in brand recognition.