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Network Visibility and Monitoring: What's Going on in There, Anyway?

executive summary Executive Summary

Network visibility and monitoring (NVM) products are seeing renewed customer interest, leading to an increased level of M&A activity and revenue growth across the segment. Datacenter upgrades, virtualization and service provider rollouts of LTE are driving revenue across the NVM vendor landscape. Traditional application performance management (APM) vendors are finding themselves developing, acquiring or partnering for network performance management (NPM) and NVM functionality, while legacy NVM vendors increasingly position themselves as providers of advanced traffic and application analytics. The vendors and overall market struggle with different definitions (and marketing boundaries) of network monitoring switches, recorders, analyzers, NPM and APM, and there are few clear, undisputed lines.

This report deliberately spans multiple defined boundaries in order to paint a picture of the broad landscape of technologies and offerings brought to market. For the cross-section of vendors covered in this report, we anticipate the market segment overall to grow an average of 24% per year over the next four years, and for the small remaining cohort of pure-play NVM vendors to be targets for M&A activity in the next 12-24 months.

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