HPE-Aruba And Cisco Battle For Supremacy
As the networking market evolves, standards-based access networking hardware has become less differentiated with enterprises now focused on more of the features and functionality of network service applications, according to Gartner’s 2017 Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure report.
Network service applications are a key aspect for buyers compared with the speeds and feeds of switches and wireless access points. The vendors rated on Gartner’s report provided some or all of the core hardware and software for wired access network switches, network service applications and WLAN, such as wireless APs and virtual controllers. CRN breaks down the top five vendors with the highest scores in each of the six categories evaluated.
Gartner’s Critical Capabilities Evaluation
For this report, the IT research firm evaluated a total of 16 vendors across these six categories designed to reflect the primary criteria Gartner recommends for use by IT leaders responsible for planning and managing enterprise wired and wireless access networks. This critical capabilities research differs from its popular Magic Quadrant research by focusing on product and services capabilities, rather than a vendor’s position, vision and execution in the market.
Gartner evaluated vendor effectiveness in addressing a customer’s needs around: (1) Unified wired and WLAN accessed through a single pane of glass; (2) Wired-only access network refresh or new build; (3) WLAN-only refresh or new build; (4) Performance stringent applications; (5) Multivendor networking environment; (6) Remote branch office with corporate headquarters.