According to market research firm Infonetics Research, the fast-growing WAN optimisation appliance market increased 49% worldwide in 2005 to $236m and unit shipments increased 39%. Infonetics forecasts double-digit annual growth at least through 2009, with annual unit shipments almost tripling and revenue more than doubling.
WAN optimisation appliances are deployed typically at the datacentres and at branch/remote sites to address these performance issues and accelerate applications by performing compression, caching, protocol optimisation, bandwidth shaping and/or quality of service monitoring.
The market is immature, but according to the research firm could be about to boom. “WAN optimisation is still a relatively small market, but it’s poised for tremendous growth because it balances the desire to consolidate datacentres with the need to deliver applications to an ever more distributed workforce,” comments Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst at Infonetics.
“There was a lot of activity in the WAN optimisation market last year: acquisitions, new companies entering the market and significant growth.”
The firms believes that medium and large organisations will continue to become more and more geographically dispersed due to acquisitions, entry into new markets, and the use of lower cost locations. Yet, says Infonetics, this trend is on a collision course with the desire of IT managers to consolidate many datacentres into just a few.