McAfee is the most popular anti-virus solution.

Early in April, the separation of Intel Security from the rest of the Intel organisation was announced. Intel still retains a 49% share in the separation. The separation also sees the return of the old name McAfee. McAfee is used as an end-point solution for about 29% of Belgian workplaces with offices of at least 50 employees. This makes it the most popular anti-virus solution by far. Numbers two and three, Symantec and Trend Micro respectively, are used for the protection of 22 and 17% respectively of the workplaces at those locations. And so, the top three account for two thirds of workplaces in the SME+ segment. This has emerged from an analysis by Computer Profile of about 4,000 interviews with Belgian offices with at least 50 employees.

Furthermore, there seems to be some regional preferences with anti-virus/end-point solutions. For instance, the use of McAfee in Wallonia is only half that of the two other regions, whilst Trend Micro and, especially, Eset are used above average in Wallonia. Symantec is enjoying its best position in Flanders, whilst in the Brussels Capital City Region F-secure has a number of major clients and is therefore above average in popularity.


Where parties now stand doesn’t yet show whether or not there is an upward or downward trend. This does become clear in the time line illustration. In contrast to the Installed base figure, which looks at all workplaces of the companies interviewed, the time line figure shows the market share of the various end-point solutions. In other words, the percentage of all company offices where we find the solution. It then becomes clear at once that McAfee is still the most popular solution, but that it has had to concede a lot of ground over the last seven years. The shifts from being independent to being a part of Intel and back to being independent have probably had an effect here. The longer term trend line for Symantec shows a more consistent picture. Trend Micro seems to be fluctuating and has fallen away somewhat in comparison with a few years ago. Kaspersky has made some advances in recent years. Microsoft end-point has also advanced in recent years. The word advance is probably something of an exaggeration for Sophos, but this vendor, too, also seems to be growing (slowly).

Back-up software.

Back-up and storage solutions have been charted in the big business market. Company offices with at least 100 employees have been analysed. About 91% of these locations said that they use back-up software. Segmentation according to line of trade, size class, or region hardly shows any variation.

Two parties clearly stand out from the rest, namely Symantec/Veritas and Veeam. In 2016, Veritas was launched as a separate party from Symantec. It contains the ‘Back-up Exec’ department of the aforementioned vendor. Over a third of the interviewed company offices with back-up software said that they use Veritas/Symantec back-up. Veeam is close behind in second place. This solution for back-up is used at 30% of the locations with back-up software.

We see a completely different picture for both parties if we look at the last seven years. Symantec/Veritas, especially in the last four years, has suffered a strong fall in the percentage of company offices where we find this solution. In 2013, 46% of the locations with back-up software said that they used Symantec Back-up Exec. Veeam seems to have gained considerably from this. In 2013, we found this solution at a mere 3% of the locations with back-up software. In 2014, that figure was 7%, as high as 15% in 2015, further growth up to 23% in 2016, and now, therefore, 30% of the locations with back-up software.

HP occupies third place everywhere. HP solutions are used at 1 out of 8 locations with back-up software. After the top three, we find a row of five vendors with a similar market share. (Dell) EMC, Comm Vault, IBM, Microsoft, and open source back-up software is used at 5 to 6% of the locations with back-up software. Open source solutions and Comm Vault seem to enjoying some growth. Microsoft and EMC seem to have maintained their position at the current level for several years.

The top two overall also occupy this position within the various market segments. Symantec/Veritas is still the most popular party, especially in the commercial sector from at least 250 employees (from 250 employees they come under national enterprises and from 2,500 employees they come under multinationals). In the public sector and medium sized businesses Veeam already enjoys a similar position to Symantec/Veritas. In addition, the use of open source solutions for back-up in the public sector stands out. This puts it in third place with 15%.

Storage systems

Storage solutions are available in a number of different tastes. When we consider the sum of the most popular applications, SAN applications and NAS solutions, it becomes clear that the HP solutions are the most popular. HP hardware is used at 36% of Belgian company offices where we find storage systems. Until 2013, this percentage was always about 42%. This appears to have fallen slightly in recent years to the current 36%.  Synology supplies plug and play NAS systems. All together, we find storage hardware from this vendor at 15% of the Belgian locations with at least 100 employees. The top three overall is completed by Net App, which we find at just under 15% of the locations.

However, this does not do justice to Dell/EMC. These two vendors separately occupy the fourth and fifth places in the rankings. However, after the summer of 2016, Dell officially rounded off the takeover of EMC (which had been announced in October 2015). EMC now officially exists under the name of ‘Dell EMC’. With consolidated percentages, this party is in second place with a presence at about a quarter of the locations with storage systems.

We see striking regional differences for the various storage hardware solutions. For example, HP is relatively much more popular in Flanders than in the Brussels Capital City Region or Wallonia, Synology is much more popular in Wallonia than in the other two, and EMC is mentioned mainly by companies in the capital.