Vendors in the network recording market (NRM) have many reasons to feel optimistic about their prospects, with end users expanding their storage of network data in order to save data for longer periods (six months and more). End-user desire to capture all packets, and retrieve history data for analysis without any loss, will further thrust the NRM market's efforts, making the most of the rising network traffic.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (testandmeasurement.frost.com), Analysis of the Global Network Recording Market, finds that the market earned revenue of $345.5 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $2.04 billion in 2020. It covers the segments of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) as well as 10 Gbps and above. The 1 Gbps market segment accounted for 47.2 percent of the total sales in the NRM in 2012 and the 10 Gbps and above segment contributed the remaining 52.8 percent.
Network recording is a feature of products in the network performance management (NPM), application performance management (APM), and network security forensics markets. There are two varieties of network recording systems: standalone and integrated.
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While data storage needs already present a huge opportunity, another prospective aid for savvy vendors is the analysis of data that exhibits ambiguity and irregularities, and that does not have a pre-defined data model. Such unstructured data will not only lead to spiraling storage costs, but also, in some cases, regulatory compliance issues. Vendors with the expertise to resolve these problems stand to gain significantly.
Today, cloud services and big data are the two major technologic developments driving the communication industry. Tracking data leaks, security breaches, and capturing data at high speed rates without dropping even a single packet is vital for the successful functioning of the network and vendors will be eager to cater to these needs.
"Currently, the market is ripe for consolidation," said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Industry Manager Sujan Sami. "Companies that develop niche network recorders have the potential to partner with existing network performance test vendors to gain market entry."
Several mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have taken place recently including Riverbed acquiring OPNET, Emulex acquiring Endace, and Fluke acquiring Visual Networks.
"Overall, end-user segments such as government organizations, financial institutions, enterprises and healthcare are increasingly investing in security test solutions, as they deal with a large amount of data on a daily basis," noted Sami. "Network recording vendors will find substantial chances to shine in these verticals by capturing, recording and storing data."
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Analysis of the Global Network Recording Market / NCC5-30