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Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball


Matthew Ball leads Canalys’ global infrastructure, cloud and cybersecurity research. He analyzes the impact of converging technologies on the channel, driven by digitalization and deployment of Internet of Things, across core data center and edge computing environments. He also leads confidential consultancy projects, participates in various channel surveys, and provides clients with expert advice and analysis. He is a regular presenter at industry events, including Canalys' Channels Forums around the world, trade shows, and channel partner and customer conferences.

He created and developed the company’s highly-regarded annual Point of View, quarterly Vendor Performance Index analysis, and biannual Mergers and Acquisitions reports. He also has experience of working in multinational teams within client organizations, across countries and regions around the world.

Prior to joining Canalys in 2004, Matthew worked for three years as a research analyst at MZA, where he was responsible for a variety of activities in both the consumer and enterprise areas of the telecommunications industry, such as PBX market sizing and analysis of market share information, as well as price tracking at both a European and worldwide level.

Matthew graduated from the University of Birmingham with an Honors Degree in Geography, specializing in analytical techniques.

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Latest blogs and PR by Matthew Ball

An RSAC 2024 takeaway: vendors compete for mindshare with AI beauty contest

At the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco, gen AI tools took the spotlight as cybersecurity vendors showcased new possibilities for operationalizing this technology. As the industry faces escalating cyber threats, operationalizing gen AI assistants offers a promising avenue for enhancing security resilience and optimizing existing cybersecurity technologies. But it is a race against time against an emerging underground AI developer community.


IT spending to accelerate 6% in 2024 and partner-delivered IT to account for 73%

After a period of deceleration, Canalys’ February IT Opportunity update predicts a 6.2% growth in worldwide IT spending in 2024, reaching US$4.94 trillion. This is despite the heightened risk of major disruption from climate change-related extreme weather events, the escalation of conflicts and intensifying geopolitics, energy security, cyber-attacks, and political instability stemming from more than 50 elections covering 45% of the world’s population.


Canalys announces 2023’s vendor Champions in the Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix

Eight vendors achieved Champion status in the 2023 Canalys Global Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix: Cisco, Check Point, CrowdStrike, ESET, Juniper Networks, Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro and WatchGuard.


Canalys Forums 2023: Generative AI is a game-changer in the cybersecurity ecosystem

Generative AI is set to transform the cybersecurity market, bringing both opportunities and challenges. While it promises to augment cybersecurity operations and streamline processes, its use by threat actors for malicious purposes raises concerns about data privacy, intellectual property infringement and the potential for new threat actors to emerge.


Canalys Forums 2023: cybersecurity channel opportunities outlook

The demand for cybersecurity-managed services is expected to grow by 16% to US$70.2 billion in 2023, providing partners with significant growth opportunities. This blog suggests ways for partners to adapt to the changing landscape and meet the changing needs of their customers.


Canalys Forums 2022 Expert Hubs: Into the breach

A summary of the main talking points from our expert panel discussing how channel partners can minimize the impact of cyber-attacks on their customers.


Canalys recognizes 2022’s cybersecurity channel leaders

The Canalys Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix uses unique feedback from channel partners, vendor surveys, Canalys shipment estimates and analyst insight to assess Cybersecurity channel management and performance over the last 12 months. A total of 19 cybersecurity vendors were assessed for the 2022 edition.


Canalys Forums 2022: Cybersecurity mindshare

Canalys analysts give their views on hot topics for the Canalys Forums 2022 in this series of interviews. Here we take a quick look at the primary cybersecurity threats, key technologies, and how partners and vendors are collaborating.


Expert Hubs 2021: fighting threats with cybersecurity

Partners and vendors shared insights on fighting the surge in cybersecurity threats at the EMEA Canalys Forum in October 2021.


Heightened threat levels drive cybersecurity spending to US$19 billion in Q2 2023 

Channel partners will drive more than 70% of IT spending in 2023 

Cybersecurity outpaces wider tech market with 12.5% growth in challenging economy

Strong channel sales propel the cybersecurity market to US$20 billion in Q4 2022

Cybersecurity investment to grow by 13% in 2023 

Cybersecurity market grows 16% despite deteriorating economic conditions  

China’s cloud infrastructure services spend grows 43% in Q3 2021 as competition intensifies 

Chinese regulators impede cloud growth

Global cloud services market Q2 2021

Nine vendors ranked as channel “Champions” in 2021 Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix

Canalys: China cloud services spend hits US$6 billion in Q1 2021

United States cloud services market Q1 2021

Global cloud services market Q1 2021

Cybersecurity investment 2020

China cloud infrastructure market Q4 2020 and full year 2020

Global cloud infrastructure market Q4 2020

Global cybersecurity 2021 forecast

China cloud services market Q3 2020

Global cloud infrastructure market Q3 2020

China cloud services market Q2 2020

Canalys: Google Cloud is top cloud service provider for retailers worldwide

Global cloud services market Q2 2020

Global cybersecurity 2020 forecast

Cybersecurity market Q1 2020


China cloud services market Q1 2020

Canalys: Seven vendors crowned “Champion” in 2020 Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix

Global cloud services market Q1 2020

Global PC Market Q1 2020


China cloud services market Q4 2019

Global cloud infrastructure market Q4 2019 and full year 2019


Canalys: Cloud infrastructure services spend in China hits US$2.9 billion in Q3 2019

Canalys: Global cloud market up 37%, with channels creating new growth engine

Canalys: 中国云市场竞争不断升温,第二季度同比增长58%,达到23亿美元。

Canalys: China's cloud market up by 58% to US$2.3 billion in Q2 as local competition heats up

Cloud infrastructure services spend up by US$7.2 billion in Q2 2019, driven by cloud migration

Canalys: Cybersecurity for public cloud and "as a service" up 45% in Q1 2019

Canalys: Cloud infrastructure services spend in China exceeds US$2 billion in Q1 2019

Canalys: 2019年第一季度,中国云基础设施服务投入超过20亿美元。 

Canalys: Economic weakness slows worldwide infrastructure shipment growth to 5% in Q1 2019

Canalys: Five "Champion" vendors lead the Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix 2019

Canalys: battle for enterprise cloud customers intensifies as spending grows 42% in Q1 2019

Canalys: Cloud spend to surpass US$143 billion in 2020, driven by IT channel

Cybersecurity market grows 9% in 2018 to reach US$37 billion

Cybersecurity spend tops US$10 billion in Q4 2018 as new deployment models gain traction

Cloud infrastructure market grows 47% in Q1 2018, despite underuse

Media alert: Security-as-a-Service grows 21% in 2017, but vendors struggle to adjust to new revenue models

2017 a record year for infrastructure shipments – Cisco, Dell EMC and HPE account for 50%

Cloud infrastructure market grows 45% in 2017, but faces challenges in 2018

Media alert: Rising cyber-security threats fuel 9% growth in global security market in Q3 2017

Media alert: Leading cloud service providers accelerate in Q3 2017, fueling 43% growth

Cloud infrastructure services grow 47% in Q2 2017, with AI to fuel next wave of growth

Cloud service providers’ battle drives the worldwide cloud infrastructure market up 42% in Q1 2017

Media alert: Cloud infrastructure market up 49%, intensifying global data center competition

Media alert: Alibaba Cloud grows 128% in Q3 as cloud adoption accelerates in China

Media alert: Microsoft Azure’s 102% jump boosts Q2 2016 cloud infrastructure services growth

Oil price collapse will accelerate data center investment in 2016



Cloud infrastructure spend reaches US$20 billion in Q2 2018, with hybrid IT approach dominant

Endpoint security increases 4% in Q2 2018, as a wave of new vendors gain share

Cloud infrastructure spend climbs 46% in Q3 2018 as US-China competition intensifies

AWS and Microsoft grow strongly as cloud adoption shows no sign of cooling