Enterprise networking is all about the software and hardware needed to communicate and work in an office, co-working space or any other type of business environment, such as going online, calling others, hosting online meetings and so on. Wired and wireless LAN infrastructure technologies are among the oldest and most established in the networking industry.
There are several vendors that supply wired and wireless networking hardware and other related network software. Gartner® has created the Magic Quadrant™ for enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure based on hardware (core capabilities of physical network elements) and software (network service applications that are cloud-, appliance, or virtual appliance-based). According to them, the strategic planning assumptions are:
- By the end of 2025, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automation will cause 10% of enterprises to implement permanent reductions in their entry-level network technician workforce.
- By 2024, 80% of enterprises that align network operations plans to business-led objectives will grow faster than their competitors that do not, up from 25% in 2020.
We are proud to say that our partner Juniper Networks is positioned furthest in both ability to execute and completeness of vision.
Magic Quadrant™ Leaders
Three of our partners are leaders in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure. According to Gartner® leaders execute well against their current vision and are well-positioned for tomorrow.
We, as an elite partner of Juniper Networks, are happy to congratulate them on the best position in this Magic Quadrant™. Their vision on excellent customer experience and the extension of Mist AI across their portfolio, from client to cloud, has led to Juniper's placement in this quadrant.
Juniper Networks offers EX Series switches, QFX Series switches and Juniper Mist access points. They focus on integrating the Mist AIOps across its WLAN and wired switching portfolio. Mist AIOps offers management and visibility into the state of the network, application performance, end-user experience metrics and real-time measurement of various targeted SLA compliance metrics.
The Mist journey started in 2014. It was used to collect the right data needed to optimise user experiences in real-time. So, they designed a new access point with experience-based telemetry, built the first microservices cloud for wireless networking and invented Marvis – the industry’s first AI-driven virtual network assistant. Marvis merges data science and domain expertise with the ability to answer questions like “What was wrong with Sujai’s wireless connectivity yesterday?”.
Juniper's clients and organisations that use their hardware and software are globally diverse and they will keep investing heavily in integrated AI and machine learning (ML) operations at the core of its campus networking portfolio.
More partners that are Magic Quadrant™ Leaders
HPE, or better known as Aruba, is a leader in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for the sixteenth time in a row. Their mission is to deliver secure edge-to-edge cloud solutions that use AI and ML to make things simpler, faster, and more automated for IT.
Their portfolio includes LAN and WLAN products, including its Aruba CX line of switches, and 500 and 600 Series access points. Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) offers integrated network security and infrastructure management capabilities, this is available via on-premises and cloud. They want to continue in evolving its network automation and AIOps capabilities and want to invest in their enterprise network-as-a-service (NaaS) offerings.
Our partner Cisco is another leader in the enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure Magic Quadrant™. With their Catalyst and Meraki products, they address most large and SME use cases. In the past year, they invested heavily in DNA Center (DNA-C), which is an AI/ML-enabled, on-premises platform that provides network management for Catalyst wired and wireless hardware. Next to that, they also continue to invest in the Meraki Dashboard. A cloud-based management platform for Meraki devices.
Magic Quadrant™ Visionaries
Three of our partners are visionaries in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure. According to Gartner® visionaries understand where the market is going or have a vision for changing market rules, but do not yet execute well.
Fortinet is a Visionary in this Magic Quadrant™. They provide tight integration between their FortiAP and FortiSwitch products with its FortiGate security appliance. This enables Fortinet to position network security and network fabric management as the core of its enterprise network market strategy.
Fortinet has recently integrated AI, ML and automation into FortiManager Cloud to offer automated incident identification, network optimisation, and remediation. Gartner® expects Fortinet to continue to invest heavily in increasing these cloud-based capabilities.
Huawei is another Visionary in this Magic Quadrant™. They address most MSE and large enterprise network use cases with their CloudEngine S Series switches in addition to their AirEngine wireless APs. Huawei delivers a unified AI/ML-enabled cloud management platform via its CloudCampus 3.0 solution, which was released in March 2021 and is an upgrade to its iMaster NCE-Campus.
Arista Networks is the third Visionary in this Magic Quadrant™. They deliver their 7000, 750 and 720XP Series spine-leaf switches in addition to their C-200 Series wireless access points. Arista's cognitive campus network strategy leverages its CloudVision management applications for wired switches and WLAN components, which started primarily in the data centre market. Their client base is in the finance, high technology and healthcare industries. Arista Networks leverages similar cloud design principles and spine-leaf-based architectures in its campus offerings as in its data centre products.
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure, Mike Toussaint, Christian Canales, Tim Zimmerman, 15 November 2021.
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