The network visibility and monitoring (NVM) market has undergone rapid change as the network landscape increases security challenges and organizations continue to adopt public clouds and network virtualization. In its 2015 Network Visibility and Monitoring Forecast, 451 Research projects the NVM market will grow to more than $1.6 billion by 2019, and it looks at drivers and forecasts for the market.
This excerpt from the report highlights key assumptions and scenarios that are driving the NVM market forward. Presented by Pluribus Networks, the paper looks at a high-level forecast for the market, emerging alternatives to the status quo in network visibility, and how NVM market dynamics have changed in the past year.
The visibility space was traditionally dominated by enterprise data center applications, but it recently has been has been jostled by two key trends:
- The increasing demand for security tools has resulted in a trickle-down benefit to vendors of network visibility tools, as the tools most in demand also require access to network traffic at multiple points in the topology;
- Server virtualization within the data center has fundamentally changed data center topology and hampered the ability for network operations teams to look into network traffic.
As the visibility market grows, incumbent networking vendors and ecosystem analysis tool providers are coming to see visibility as a potentially lucrative source of revenue. Between this incremental revenue chase and overall upheaval in networking, a number of alternatives to the status quo in network visibility are emerging:
- “Feature-ization:” This is the growing “good enough” functionality provided by networking vendors as part of the production networking equipment.
- Disaggregated visibility: Network visibility is provided by commodity, white-box switches paired with software from OpenFlow-based software vendors that offer TAP aggregation functionality at a very competitive price.
- Lobotomization: The NVM technology space is heavily meshed with partnerships and alliances, but it is not always clear which vendors perform which functions. High-level analysis vendors may begin to capture more of the high-level value provided from visibility switch vendors.
- Virtual Balkanization: The proliferation of additional overlay technologies and network virtualization options will introduce more complexity, creating “virtual Balkans” that challenge visibility tools.
- Opaque clouds: The current generation of public cloud offerings provides limited visibility into the cloud-provider infrastructure beyond self-reported data.
Read the report excerpt to learn more about the state of the NVM space.