ABI Research evaluates the independent vendors delivering Deep Packet Inspection, Traffic Steering, and Policy Control in the Gi-LAN space, and finds Sandvine as best of breed, followed by Allot and Citrix ByteMobile.ABI Research finds performance mainly determined by the x86 architecture, but the vendors differentiate with packaging, network processors for power-performance improvements, and the depth of value adding features such as monetization, big data analytics and traffic optimization.
With the DPI commoditized, the independent vendors work hard to present differentiated value propositions to the telecom market.Sandvine takes top rating because of its industry leading power-performance efficiency, focus on compact form-factor suitable for distributed or centralized networks, and a very rich analytics and monetization emphasis.Allot takes second place with virtually the same power-performance but in a NEBS compliant ATCA platform. The Citrix ByteMobile ATM places third with the added richness of its total package solution, and also with NEBS compliance.
“Nobody buys just DPI, so we wanted to expand the evaluation to consider the total value proposition that the DPI, TDF, and PCEF vendor brings to the operator with its solution,” says Joe Hoffman, Practice Director, ABI Research. “When an operator buys into one of these platforms, it is economically efficient to consider what else the vendor has that plugs into its offering, and that’s what we take into consideration.”This research covers the leading independent vendors, Allot, Citrix ByteMobile, F5 Networks, Ipoque, Sandvine, and Procera Networks that account for nearly US$600M in revenues in this market space.
These findings are part of ABI Research’s new Competitive Assessment, DPI and Traffic Management. This is published as a part of the Next Generation Optimization, DPI & Policy Market Research.
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