Veeam most widely used back-up application by far  

More than one third of business establishments that use a back-up solution indicate that it is a Veeam solution. The most remarkable feature is the speed at which Veeam managed to conquer the Dutch business market.  Four years ago, Veeam’s share was still below 10% of the total number of inventoried back-up solutions.  The rapid progress has to do with the changes that have taken place in  a number of competitors, such as the changes at CA and Symantec with the corporatization of both ArcServe and Veritas (Backup Exec). The latter solution is in use in ca. 22% of the users of back-up solutions. The top three are rounded off by Commvault. A little less than 1 out of 7 backup applications stem from this American vendor.  This is shown by an analysis of ca. 3,500 interviews that Smart Profile conducted with IT managers of Dutch companies with 50 or more employees on the use of security hardware and software.  

In the meantime, Veeam has managed to carve out a leading position in all the market segments distinguished by Smart Profile. The differences in the Multinationals segment are still the closest to each otherbut here once again Veeam bested the competitionIt is nonetheless worth pointing out that the use of back-up solutions from different vendors has been mapped on the basis of the number of locations where Smart Profile has come across a certain package. The outcome would (possibly) be different on the basis of IT expenditures on back-up solutions.  

End Point/Antivirus solutions

On the workstation protection front, we see that the two biggest vendors have had to give ground to a number of middle range competitors. McAfee was the most widely used application in 2017. Some 27% of the inventoried workstations are protected by a McAfee package. By comparison, in 2009, this figure was still more than 10 percent higher. During that period, the name McAfee was taken off the market and was replaced by Intel security. In the meantime, Intel has cast the McAfee branch in a joint venture structure and the McAfee label has been in use again since the end of 2016.  

The share of Symantec has fluctuated between 18% and 22% of automated workstations in the last 8 years, and now stands at 19%.  

 Trend Micro and Sophos (number 3 and 4 respectively) have managed to secure a share that is pretty much equal to each other. Both have managed to expand their share somewhat in recent years compared with 2009. Eset, Kaspersky and Microsoft are three parties that have managed to expand their share in the period 2009-2017 on the Dutch business market.  In 2009, we saw a 2.8% share for Eset, compared with 6.9% today, 2.2% for Kaspersky (now 5.7%), while Microsoft has gone from less than 1% to more than 5%. F-Secure, AVG  and Norman round off the top 10 most widely used endpoint solutions with a share of 2.7%, 1.2% and 1% respectively. Among the latter three, F-Secure has managed to improve its position somewhat each year since 2009, AVG has remained constant, and Norman has lost a little ground each time since 2009 (4.5%).  

 The top five endpoint solutions for 2017 are examined more closely in terms of use per branch.  Some striking observations: the high share of Sophos in government and care institutions, the relatively high use of Eset in education, the services sector and the transport branch, and the high use of Trend Micro in the care sector.  

Security software

In addition to endpoint solutions, Smart Profile also required into the other use of security solutions. One name stands out: Microsoft. Some 37% of the locations that mention security solutions indicate that they use one or more Microsoft applications. Sophos seems to be gaining ground in recent years, as does  Trend Micro, while McAfee, Symantec and Check Point are encountered just a little less in recent years.  


Other than software, a part of the security will concern hardware solutions.  That is why we take a look at the use of hardware firewalls and routers also. The dominance of Cisco in network hardware becomes apparent. Nearly two thirds of all hardware solutions encountered concern a Cisco solution. This share seems to have dropped slightly in the last five years. All other solutions encountered have a share of less than 10% of the total.  HPE and Fortinet seem to have gained some ground during that period. Because the shifts are very limited for most vendors in recent years, the differences tend to fall within the sample margins.