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The underserved Network Monitoring space, a new Magic Quadrant announced

By Jonah Kowall | August 01, 2013 | 7 Comments

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We have just announced something which has been in the works for a good portion of this year, we are adding another magic quadrant in the area of Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD). This research item is being led by myself with close support of my colleagues Vivek Bhalla and Colin Fletcher. This is complementary, while being distinct from the current APM research and provides market guidance for those tools which handle performance measurement and diagnostics for the network. The network has been a well-defined entity since modern networking was invented over 30 years ago, which makes it easier to write tools to understand and analyze the way networks are built and operated. While the networks have been well defined the data and applications traversing these networks have changed considerably, requiring tools to evolve. Due to the pervasive standards across the network and much of it being driven by unified standards bodies, tool stagnation has generally occurred (aside from a few emerging/interesting players). Largely consisting of deep packet inspection technologies from by and large centralized network locations, the time to change is now. With the emergence of public and private cloud, and the increased interest in the promises of SDN and NFV (while still being very young) these tools must evolve considerably. In the documents we’ve published this week (clients only):

Introducing the Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Market

Criteria for the New Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics –

We outline the market as its defined today, some sizing information as well as growth. The second document announces the criteria for the upcoming Magic Quadrant. We will be kicking this research off in a month, and the publication time table will be the first quarter (Q1) of 2014. If you are not a client a would like to see the criteria for being included (we include non-clients in all research regularly) please contact me on twitter (@jkowall) or via firstname.lastname @

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  • I would be interested in a criteria you have mentioned. SolarWinds has a very popular Network Performance Monitor which should fall into your ball park.

    • Jonah Kowall says:

      That’s correct we work with Solarwinds, and while the NPM product covers some of the criteria is doesn’t have everything needed to qualify for the Magic Quadrant. I will email you the documents and copy my point of contact at Solarwinds.

  • Dan Sullivan says:


    Is there any reason the criteria document costs $195? I don’t understand why this document would cost any money.


  • Jonah Kowall says:

    Dan, please re-read the last two sentences of my post, I look forward to hearing from you.

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