The global Intent-based Networking Market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate CAGR of 32.2% during the forecast period.
The global intent-based networking market is a part of network automation and is used to fulfill the need for a systematic approach in the network field. It is designed to eliminate human intervention during network configuration and translation by using algorithmic validation. Intent-based networking follows a path that shows the working principle of the system. It includes capturing the intent, and translating it through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing to provide a machine-readable language. Further, automation helps in the amalgamation of applications, data, and other IT components to deliver services such as scaling the environment, eliminating the delay, and providing security, among others. Additionally, the multiple benefits include improved speed and agility, reduced risk and continuous compliance, improved automation, and vendor neutrality, among others.
|Fastest Growing Market||Asia-Pacific|
|Largest Market||North America|
|Report Coverage||Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends|
Digitalization has led to a tremendous utilization of internet services throughout the industry verticals as it ensures increased agility, improved efficiency, easier communication, and better decision-making, among others. However, human operability error is one of the primary reasons for the increasing network downtime followed by power failure, failed hardware, and security flaws. As per a survey by Statista, the average cost of downtime per hour is between USD 300 thousand to USD 400 thousand. Some of the most common downtime in recent years are the Amazon Web Service (March 2018), Google Cloud (July 2018), and British Airways IT failures (2017), among others The Google Cloud customers such as Spotify, Snapchat, Pokemon Go, and others experienced operability issues and faced losses which were compensated by Google Cloud as per the agreement. Further, the growing demand for reducing downtime mainly from the tech giants has bolstered intent-based networking market growth.
There has been increased adoption of virtual and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in recent times as SDN can automate configurations, thus increasing scalability and reliability, increasing flexibility for changing the network, and centralized visibility of the network topology, among others. Companies have largely deployed or aim to deploy SD-WAN, a technology based on similar grounds of decoupling the network control and forwarding function. As per CISCO, 39.6% of the companies have deployed SD-WAN technology, and 55.4% aim to deploy it in the upcoming years. The intent-based networking is considered a successor to the SDN as it offers similar features; thus, the increased adoption of virtual and is driving the intent-based networking market.
In light of the lack of human intervention, network automation may lead to complete dependence on the networking activity of the company to technology. Out of the many benefits of network automation, lack of human intervention may cause concerns such as the imposition of too many network restrictions, overlooking a security threat. Additionally, as per the report named ‘2020 Global NetworkingTrendsReport’ published by CISCO, 34% of the companies still use traditional wired and wireless networks to manage access. The report also states that Cybersecurity ranks 5th among the top IT skills gap, thus raising concerns for a complete deployment of technology.
North America dominates the global intent-based networking market, owing to the presence of prominent players such as A10 Networks, Inc., Astra, Inc., Cerium Networks, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fortinet, Inc., Forward Networks, Inc., Intentionet, Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., and Pluribus Networks, Inc. among others. Additionally, the region is the most technically advanced region with the availability of the preferred network architecture. Further, the surge in the usage of the internet and the implementation of emerging technologies have benefitted technological advancements. The government and the companies of the region have been continuously investing the research and development, enhancing the technological capability of the region. For instance, as per a report published by Standford University named ‘Artificial Intelligence Index Report 2019’, in between 2014–2018, North America accounted for more than 60% of global AI patent citation activity, thus propelling the growth of the intent-based technology market.
Asia-Pacific is anticipated to grow at a faster rate due to the rising government initiatives in developing countries for the growing small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The government initiatives such as Make in India by the Government of India and government investments such as the USD 21 billion funds set up in November 2019 by the Chinese government to support manufacturing tech has fostered the growth of SMEs in this region. Additionally, the growing adoption of emerging technologies in the region has led to the deployment of SDN and NFV technologies for their operations.
The hardware segment is divided into a router, switch, and firewall and holds a moderate share in the market on account of the extensive use of the hardware devices in the traditional networking system. Further, the software segment caters to the highest market share by enabling network automation that provides a transition from the traditional networking system. As intent-based networking is a successor of software-defined networking, it manages a network using an end-to-end interface by using DevOps and SDN. As per Statista, a linear rise is noticed in the amount of traffic from SDN and Network function virtualization (NFV) to the data centers. In 2014 the traffic was noted at 0.8 Zettabytes, which is anticipated a 7-fold growth i.e., 7.4 Zettabytes by 2021. Additionally, the services segment is further divided into professional services and managed services catering to a moderate market share.
The cloud segment holds a larger market share, owing to the extensive adoption of cloud services by corporates due to its easy installation, cost efficiency, data security, and enhanced virtual services. Additionally, as per the report named ‘2018 Trends In Cloud Computing’ published by CompTIA, Inc, the utilization of cloud computing for automated initiatives has remarkably enhanced a high percentage of companies by combining emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and Big Data among others. As most of the hybrid platforms and multi-cloud environments are integrated with Application Program interfaces (APIs) and virtual overlays, they use intent-based networking to reduce complexity. Further, the report also shows the preference of large, medium, and small enterprises for mixed cloud solutions from vendors and third parties.
The pandemic has caused a lockdown in most regions of the world, temporarily shutting down most of the companies in almost all the industry verticals. The intent-based networking market is experiencing growth due to its ability to automate of the network. Minimal or no human intervention has proved to be beneficial during this tough time due to the practices of social distancing and quarantine for stopping the spread of COVID-19.
As per Strait’s analysis, the key players of the global Intent-based networking market are