US IP communications market to grow to $30 bln by 2007

The total US IP communications and managed services opportunity (including managed IP-PBX, managed security, managed backup/business continuity, managed networks, VPNs and web hosting in the US SMB space) is estimated to be over $30 bln for 2007 and will grow at a CAGR of 15.6% out to 2010, AMI Partners says. Over 10% of US SMBs now use a managed firewall service and over 15% are using managed VPNs. The opportunity for online/off-site data storage and backup is also increasing, driven by business continuity and disaster recovery needs, and has risen to 11% among SBs and 15% among MBs.