Big Data, Smartphone Adoption, Heterogeneous Networks, and Virtualization are the trends to watch out for in the Network Monitoring Systems Market

Published: 26 Dec 2014

The communications test equipment market has been going through phenomenal changes in the past decade, and the industry is expecting more things to come—software-defined networks and instrumentation, product and feature integration, and increased complexity of solutions, to name a few. Test equipment vendors' increased focus on network monitoring is not to be ignored. Network monitoring systems are used extensively by the network operator's community in analyzing and monitoring traffic across network infrastructure. While passive network monitoring systems consist of probe-based technologies that are inserted into the network layer, active network monitoring systems consist of products that are used for turn-up testing, performance monitoring, and general troubleshooting. The difference between passive network monitoring and active network monitoring is that while the former monitors network traffic on the infrastructure, the latter emulates data on the network and monitors how the infrastructure reacts to it. Unlike the passive approach, active network monitoring is limited in terms of testing coverage, and is used for specific purposes such as network or service upgrade.

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