TECH SUPPLIER Sep 2021 - Technology Assessment - Doc # US48192121

Network Performance Management: The Impact of Cloud-Based SaaS Delivery


Mark Leary

This IDC study examines the advantages and challenges associated with the fast-developing solution set and market opportunity for cloud-based enterprise NPM. As network requirements become more complex and critical and experience with cloud-based services (e.g., IaaS and SaaS) builds, the advantages of cloud-based network management solutions move to the forefront when enterprises are evaluating their options in network performance management. Here, ready access, flexible packaging, feature velocity, solution simplicity, and improved baselining are just some of the advantages presented by NPM solutions delivered via a SaaS model. Today, cloud-based NPM solutions make up a relatively small portion of the market compared with on-premises hardware and software purchases. However, owing to their distinct advantages and solid match to future IT directions and requirements, cloud-based solutions will occupy an increasing percentage of network analytics and automation spending and account for almost all of overall growth of the enterprise network performance management market through 2025.

"Throughout 2020, enterprises faced significant challenges in managing and adapting their networks during a time of epic disruption. All organizations were forced to reassess their approach to networking and network management. Network components, staff skills, management tools, operational practices, advancing technologies, and vendor partnerships were reevaluated in light of a hyperconnected world that has changed forever as a result of the widespread digital acceleration driven by the COVID-19 pandemic," says Mark Leary, director, Network Analytics and Automation, at IDC. "Moving to cloud-based management solutions delivers the flexibility, agility, functionality, accessibility, security, and cost-effectiveness that match a network environment that has changed and will continue to change in response to fast-moving business requirements and technology capabilities."



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