According to a recent study from market research firm Global Market Insights, Growing demand for network performance evaluation in a virtual environment is likely to drive global network emulator market outlook. A network emulator or a WAN emulator, is primarily utilized to test or evaluate the performance of a real network. The tool can be used for evaluation of quality assurance, troubleshooting, proof of concept, network design, optimization and others.
Available through software and hardware solutions, a network emulator enables network engineers, developers and architects to accurately gauge responsiveness, throughput of an application as well quality of end-user experience, before making additions or changes to a system. Key manufacturers in the business are rolling out advanced software and hardware as per consumer requirement.
For instance, Keysight Technologies, Inc. launched the Open RAN Studio emulation software for network testing in April 2020. The software platform offers an end-to-end performance testing of 5G network. Likewise, Spirent Technologies Plc launched the 25GbE network emulator for equipment manufacturers in October 2019. This aided the firm to offer advanced performance evaluation solution to enterprise customers.
Growing focus of organizations on testing interoperation capabilities without utilizing real-world applications and components is likely to favor network emulator business growth in the coming years. Estimates suggests that global network emulator market size will cross the USD 200 million mark by 2026.
Major corporations across the globe are adopting cloud-based technologies in a bid to reduce the cost associated with in-house hardware infrastructure. This has led to increased demand for cloud-based network emulation. Operators in the network emulator industry are offering software-based network emulation solutions for evaluation or testing of network in a cloud environment.
In this case, the new network emulation solution tests the entire network in a private virtual cloud setting. All the functional capabilities of the hardware testing solution are provided over the cloud solution to test and manage complex networks. Cloud application segment in the network emulator industry is set to grow at nearly 6% CAGR through 2026.