Thursday, April 24, 2014

[Infonetics]: "net neutrality is now less of an issue in the U.S" for the DPI Market

According to information released by Infonetics Research from its Service Provider Deep Packet Inspection Products report "Operator spending on deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions grew 23% to $728 million in 2013, and is forecast by Infonetics to top $2 billion in 2018 .. Sandvine leads 2013 DPI market share, buoyed by a surge of new customers and a number of follow-on orders; AllotCisco, and Procera round out the top 4".

Source: Broadband Traffic Management Blog

Previously (Nov '13) Infonetics predicted a $2B market for 2017 (see "Infonetics: Embedded DPI Gets Traction" - here). See also "DPI Market Grew by 10% in 2013 ($278M Revenues for Allot, Procera and Sandvine)" - here.

More from Infonetics: 
  • Due to recent legal developments, net neutrality is now less of an issue in the U.S., but it remains a barrier to DPI investment in other markets, especially the European Union, which prohibits preferential treatment and bars traffic blocking and throttling
  • Virtualization holds the potential to significantly change DPI deployment strategies over time, enabling DPI technology to be deployed more cost-effectively throughout the network
Shira Levine, directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research says that "We’re seeing continued interest in embedding DPI functionality in applications such as security, video optimization, and revenue and service assurance, which is driving demand for embedded solutions that provide advanced packet classification, such as QosmosixEngine [see "Qosmos Added 21 OEM Customers in 2013; Claims for 70% Market Share" - here] and Procera’s NAVL”.

See "Operators look to embed deep packet inspection (DPI) in apps; Market growing to $2B by 2018" - here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Network Processors - are they Here to Stay?

According to recent announcements it seems the even DPI products, with their intense packet processing, are going towards NFV and virtualization in general purpose servers.

Vendors do state that it will take time (see "Allot Launched the New Service Gateway" - here and "Sandvine CEO Bullish on IBM Relations; SDN and NFV will Take Time" - here) - but is this the end of Network (or Packet) Processors?

A few months old white paper, by By Bob Wheeler [pictured], Senior Analyst, The Linley Group "..examines traditional network-processor (NPU) architectures, technology trends driving new requirements, limitations of NPUs and CPUs, and new architectures that overcome these challenges 

.. Admittedly, the distinction between an NPU and a multi-CPU processor with networking  accelerators is becoming less obvious 

...To meet carriers’ emerging demands, OEMs and merchant vendors alike must develop bold new network-processing architectures. These designs must blend the favorable attributes of traditional network processors—high performance and power efficiency—with the greater flexibility of multicore processors based on general-purpose CPUs. 

Ericsson is leading this charge with the industry’s first true C-programmable processor capable of running Linux and delivering 200Gbps throughputs. EZchip should be the first merchant NPU vendor to offer similar capabilities. Although equipment based on these new designs must still be proven in the field, we see nothing less than a new era of network processing emerging"

The paper presents the new NP from Cisco (2nd Gen QFP), Ericsson (SNP 4000 - see "Ericsson's New Network Processor - for Internal Use Only" - here) and EZChip (NPS-400 - see "EZchip Unveiled 400-Gb wire-speed, C-Programmable, NPU" - here).

See "A New Era of Network Processing" - here.