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Infonetics: Virtualized Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to Grow at 66 Percent CAGR Through 2019

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Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS (May 1, 2015)—Technology market research firm Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), today forecast that the market for deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions deployed as a virtual network function (VNF) will grow at a 66 percent compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2019.

“As operators evaluate likely targets for virtualization as part of a larger network functions virtualization strategy, DPI is a clear target, though ongoing concerns around performance and capacity will constrain the market for virtualized DPI in the short term,” said Shira Levine, research director for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research, now part of IHS.

“However, we are seeing trial activity and limited commercial deployments. Operators are likely to deploy virtualized DPI incrementally, leveraging it to support separate lines of business such as M2M and MVNO, and gradually expanding those engagements over time as they become more confident about the technology,” Levine said.

Infonetics’ Service Provider Deep Packet Inspection Products market share, size and forecast report tracks DPI software solutions and related purpose-built hardware deployed in wireless and fixed-line networks.


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  • The focus of the deep packet inspection market is shifting toward use cases such as video optimization, granular charging, network security and content connectivity
  • In machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, DPI technology is being used to enable better identification of traffic generated by connected devices and mitigate its impact on the network
  • Sandvine and Allot are neck-and-neck in the race for the DPI market share lead, followed by Cisco and Procera


Infonetics’ biannual DPI report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2019, analysis and trends for deep packet inspection products deployed in service provider networks by network type (wireless and fixed line) and deployment type (virtual network function [VNF] and physical network function [PNF]). Companies tracked:Allot, Cisco, Huawei, Procera, Qosmos, Ipoque, Sandvine and others. To purchase the report,


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Infonetics Research, now part of IHS (NYSE: IHS), is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize and compete more effectively. Follow Infonetics on Twitter for the latest headlines:

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