Men & Mice: A promising vendor in a promising market
Men & Mice rating
Gartner has released its annual marketscope on the DNS, DHCP and IP address market (DDI) and moves Men & Mice into the Promising category. Closure of large deals and strong customer feedback secured this change. This highlights the company’s emphasis on customer care and high level of expertise and quality.
Gartner recommends that SMBs and large enterprises seeking an Overlay solution with strong administrative controls should consider the Men & Mice Suite.
Gartner highlights some of the Men & Mice Suite strengths:
- Easy deployment
- Broad overlay support as the solution can centrally manage Microsoft, Linux and Cisco DNS and DHCP services.
- Tight MS Active Directory integration
Gartner’s marketscope also reveals interesting estimates and predictions for the DDI market. Gartner estimates the DDI market as promising and that the market will grow 28% in 2011 and grew 23% from 2009 to 2010. Gartner predicts total spending of $276 million in 2011. Widespread adoption of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and IPv6 in 2011 can accelerate growth, contributing to faster growth than predicted. Gartner expects that by 2014, only 30% of all DNS look-ups will be signed with DNSSEC and by 2015, 17% of global Internet users will use IPv6, with 28% of new Internet connections running the protocol
Gartner has identified two main drivers for adoption of DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management (DDI) solutions:
- Management of the IP address space - 80%
- Stability. Critical to the overall IT environment - 20%
Most organizations rely on the embedded DNS/DHCP services included in Windows Server, despite the fact that Microsoft does not offer an IPAM tool and its Microsoft Management Console (MMC) provides primitive administrative capabilities. Still standard appliances are the biggest part of the DDI market. This fact implies that most organization have yet to deploy a professional tool to manage these core services effectively.
Gartner’s predictions indicate that new adoption as well as IPv6 and DNSSEC will funnel at least 25% CAGR growth in the coming years.