Napatech generated a whitepaper examining the growth of networking appliances and monitoring devices in the data center. Since cost, space and power are major issues for data centers, reducing the footprint of network appliances becomes a major consideration. Many network appliances require all the processing power they can get and thus cannot share processing resources with other applications. Examples are 10 GbE Intrusion Prevention Systems or Application Performance Monitoring systems.

But, there are also a large number of monitoring, analysis and security appliances that run at lower speeds or do not require as much processing resources. Here, there are opportunities to consolidate these appliances into a single server solution.