Network Management Systems (NMS) Market size is anticipated to grow exponentially over the forecast years led by growing demand for these solutions, enabling network administrators to effectively control, monitor, and troubleshoot fixed & wireless networks from a centralized location. With an increase in the wireless network size and complexities due to the inter-operation of several wireless equipment, operators are facing challenges related to network performance and security. To overcome network-related issues, providers embrace network management solutions that provide them with a consolidated view of networks, enabling easy monitoring of the network performance and increasing productivity. The software also ensures interoperability as companies use NMS tools to control and add features across various devices.
Another factor fueling the growth of the NMS market is the explosive growth of data traffic with a surge in smartphone penetration and improved network connectivity. As the increasing volume of data packets in networks reduces the efficiency and predictability of the networks, operators implement NMS to manage network resources more efficiently. The market is also driven by intent-based networking, which incorporates AI and machine learning to automate administrative tasks across a network. With the profound growth of data centers and cloud IoT platforms, the demand for self-managing networks will increase over the forecast timeline, thereby leading to a swift increase in the market growth.
However, the increasing use of virtualization technology adds to the complexity of next-generation networks, which impedes the market growth. The network virtualization technology eliminates the relation between traffic and physical network components, making it difficult for the operators to manage virtual network components. It becomes important for them to use comprehensive network management tools to track virtual networks.
The demand for NMS in banks and financial institutions is expected to increase over the forecast period as these institutions have a highly-interconnected network infrastructure to offer a wide range of services to customers. As banks have increasingly become targets for hackers and DoS attacks, it becomes crucial for banking institutions to adopt NMS to monitor the banking systems. To ensure that these institutions are operating more securely and efficiently, IT professionals use these management solutions to increase performance and improve the security of the banks’ IT infrastructure.
North America is expected to hold a major share of the NMS market due to the widespread deployment of management systems to monitor attacks on mission-critical communication networks. According to the Identity theft Resource Center (ITRC), the U.S. recorded 1,579 breaches in 2017, indicating a 44.7 percent increase over the record figures reported for 2016. As the U.S. federal agencies suffer the significant data breaches, it becomes very crucial for them to deploy security solutions. For instance, in February 2017, the U.S. Army used InterMapper, an NMS solution from HelpSystems, enabling them to monitor devices in real-time and send alerts to the administrators about unusual traffic.
A rapid growth of the telecom industry in Asia Pacific, particularly in China and India, backed up by significant investments from government agencies will accelerate the adoption of NMS. For instance, in January 2017, the Chinese government reduced the subsidies and eased the rules to attract more private investments to bolster its internet services. According to the IBEF, the increasing penetration of smartphones and a decline in data costs are expected to add 500 million new internet users in India over the next five years. A significant surge in networks generates the demand for network management solutions, enabling telecom operators to track and control the networks.
Major companies operating in the NMS market are BMC Software, Cisco, CA Technologies, AppNeta, Extreme Networks, Accedian, HelpSystems, Ipswitch, Kentik, Micro Focus, NETSOCUT, Nokia, Riverbed Technology, SolarWinds, VIAVI Solutions, Flowmon Networks, Paessler, Colasoft, and Cubro Network Visibility. Global wireless communication solution providers and network equipment manufacturers are introducing new network monitoring and management solutions to enable operators to effectively manage their networks. For instance, in February 2017, Ericsson launched as a service that supports operators in their journeys to virtualization, SDN, and 5G network transformation. In May 2016, Nokia launched the NetAct Cloud network management system, which enables operators to deploy new network capabilities with minimal downtime. The system handles 5G network requirements and provides a complete mobile network control.