Gartner Research

Market Guide for Network Packet Brokers

Published: 19 January 2016

ID: G00276067

Analyst(s): Vivek Bhalla, Danilo Ciscato


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

  • Appendix
    • Acquisitions and Spinoffs in the NPB Space

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