Maybe We’re Mature – But We’re Also Growing

Written By David Gee, Chief Marketing Officer, Infoblox

Gartner just released its annual report on the DDI market, and we liked it so much that we’ve purchased online reprint rights. You can read the report now – with our compliments and without having to register or otherwise give up personal information – at www.infoblox.com/gartner.

The report, “Market Guide for DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management (DDI),” evaluates ten DDI vendors, including Infoblox. Gartner’s licensing rules prevent us from quoting what they say about us, so I can only encourage you to see for yourself.

Gartner analysts Andrew Lerner and Christian Canales, who wrote the report, do an excellent job of explaining how DDI helps makes enterprise networks more reliable and agile, while also reducing costs.

However, there is one paragraph in the report that clashes with our view of the world:

“The DDI market is mature, and we estimate global revenue in the $400-million to $450-million range, with a 4% to 10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next 24 months . . . In addition, there is substantial market saturation at the high end; Gartner estimates that more than 85% of the 500 largest global enterprises utilize commercial DDI solutions.”

We don’t believe the DDI market is mature, for reasons that Gartner describes elsewhere in the report: “We are beginning to see an early-stage trend whereby organizations that have deployed a commercial DDI solution are now looking to expand it. The two primary use cases for this expansion include internal cloud deployments and increased infrastructure security.”

Looking further down the road, the report adds: “The Internet of Things (IoT) and software-defined networking (SDN) have not substantially driven the market to date, but we anticipate they will impact the market in the two- to three-year time frame.”

Perhaps it all comes down to definitions. We at Infoblox are glad to embrace the label of “mature” if it’s defined as “in one’s prime” and “on top of the game” with room for growth ahead.

Please join the debate. After you read the Gartner report, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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