Market Guide for Network Packet Brokers

Archived Published: 19 January 2016 ID: G00276067

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The NPB market has grown and diversified, as architectures based on software-defined networking provide insertion opportunities to new entrants. Infrastructure and operations leaders need insight into vendor strategies to evaluate and select NPBs that meet their technical and budgetary requirements.

Table of Contents

  • Market Definition
  • Market Direction
    • NPB Feature or Product?
    • The Impact of SDN
    • The Impact of Network Function Virtualization
  • Market Analysis
    • Buyers and Pricing
  • Representative Vendors
    • Apcon
    • Big Switch Networks
    • Brocade
    • Cisco
    • Datacom Systems
    • Gigamon
    • Interface Masters Technologies
    • Ixia
    • Network Critical
    • VSS Monitoring
    • Additional Vendors
  • Market Recommendations
    • Anticipate Falling Costs
    • Futureproof Your Investments
    • Determine Your Insertion Point
    • Pre-empt Data Sensitivity
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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