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Gartner Magic Quadrant: Enterprise Firewall Vendors To Watch

Check Point and Palo Alto Networks attract the most attention, but a handful of other security appliance makers may deserve a look, according to Gartner and solution providers.

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Market Heavyweights Cisco, Juniper

Gartner said the firewall market grew 9 percent to $8.7 billion in 2013 and estimates it will grow another 9 percent in 2014, reaching $9.4 billion. Cisco's presence in the market with its ASA appliances is dominated by aggressive discounting for large Cisco networks and not for "vision or feature," Gartner said in its report. The research firm praised the company's support network as the primary reason behind customer loyalty. Gartner also praised Juniper Networks' various firewall models and noted its strength in high throughput and data center deployments, but said its security vision is not compelling enough to attract new customers.

Cisco has a large, viable product portfolio that attracts and maintains customers over time, said William Payne, president and CEO of East Point, Ga.-based ICP Systems, a Cisco partner in the federal market. Payne said ICP Systems has had both public and private sector wins.

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