Network Attached Processor Market – Overview 

A network attached processor (NAP) provides improved processing power and efficiency to applications based on virtual machines. NAP is an innovative way for efficient data-center management while delivering the substantial compute power to business applications. The broadcast industry is facing challenges of providing guaranteed bandwidth performance due to the emergence of new video formats such as 8K and ultra-high-definition (UHD). 8K and UHD video formats require consistent and strong network bandwidth for better viewer experience. Furthermore, broadcast service providers are finding it difficult to control and integrate complex technology layers while shifting to an Internet protocol (IP)-based infrastructure. Growing adoption of virtual machine-based applications such as J2EE and Java platforms are increasing the number of application host servers in data centers. Hence, data centers and IT organizations are finding it difficult to manage hundreds of servers cost-effectively, without compromising services, system utilization, and system availability. NAP provides guaranteed bandwidth and full functionality performance to complex IP and hybrid IP environments. NAP also support uncompressed SD, HD, and UHD signals formats. These processors also provide virtually unlimited memory and processor resources for Java-based applications. Market players provide NAPs with various features such as edge synchronizers and converters. Edge synchronizers and converters reduce the signal routing complexities by processing content streams before these enter the core router. 

Network Attached Processor Market – Drivers and Restraints 

The broadcasting industry has undergone significant transformation in terms of consumer behavior, government regulations, and technology in the last few years. Significant adoption of and preference for HD, UHD, 4K and 8K video formats are anticipated to drive the global network attached processor market during the forecast period. Presently, consumers prefer watching high-definition videos on their mobile devices due to the availability of strong networks. However, substantial cost of NAPs is likely to hinder the market during the forecast period. 

The global network attached processor market can be segmented based on component, end-user, and region. In terms of component, the network attached processor market can be segregated into hardware, software, and services. The services segment can be further bifurcated into professional and managed. In terms of end-user, the network attached processor market can be categorized into media & entertainment, IT & telecom, manufacturing, government, and data centers. Adoption of NAPs to deliver high-definition content and maintain the required bandwidth is significantly increasing in the broadcast industry; therefore, the media & entertainment segment is expected to constitute a significant share of the market during the forecast period. Based on region, the global network attached processor market can be divided into North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. North America is an early adopter of NAPs. North America is expected to hold significant share of the network attached processor market from 2018 to 2026 due to the presence of major NAP providers such as Axon Digital Design and Intel Corporation in the region. The network attached processor market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to expand at a considerable CAGR during the forecast period. Significant growth in manufacturing and broadcast industries is projected to fuel the market in the region. 

Network Attached Processor Market - Segmentation 

Several market players operating in the network attached processor market are engaging in strategic alliances with broadcast houses to increase their market share. In September 2018, Axon Digital Design teamed up with Euro Media Group (EMG) for the implementation of Axon’s Neuron NAP. EMG is a global provider of audio-visual and broadcasting services. EMG selected the Neuron network attached processor solution to move towards IP-based media production. 

Network Attached Processor Market - Key Players 

Key players operating in the global network attached processor market include Axon Digital Design, Azul Systems, Inc., Crystal Vision Ltd., Synology Inc., and Intel Corporation.

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