Thursday, October 22, 2015

IHS: 15% Growth Forecast for Deep Packet Inspection

The global deep packet inspection (DPI) market is forecast to grow to $972 million in 2015, up 15 percent year-over-year, as communications service providers continue to use DPI as a key tool for bandwidth management and the creation of new services and features, according to a new report from IHS.

Some highlights:

  • There is renewed opportunity for DPI suppliers to address operators’ security concerns, leveraging their solutions to tackle network infrastructure threats such as distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, worms and viruses on a real-time basis
  • More than half the world’s internet traffic is likely to be encrypted by the end of 2015, driving interest in DPI systems that leverage heuristic classification to identify encrypted packets
  • The majority of the traditional DPI appliance suppliers had a challenging first half of 2015, but smaller players, particularly the embedded DPI suppliers such as Qosmos, saw healthy year-over-year growth

“While the major DPI suppliers are tackling the virtualization trend head-on, moving aggressively to introduce virtualized versions of their products and forge relationships within the NFV ecosystem, their customers are slower to jump on the bandwagon. Performance concerns remain an issue, and operators continue to be conservative with deployments of virtualized DPI technology,” said Shira Levine, research director for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at IHS.

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