Here's Who Made Gartner's First-Ever Magic Quadrant For WAN Edge Infrastructure

Matt Brown

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More than 90 percent of all wide-area network edge infrastructure refresh projects will be based on SD-WAN and virtualized customer premises equipment [vCPE] by the end of 2023, up from less than 40 percent today, according to research firm Gartner.

Predictions like that, as well as the number and variety of vendors jumping into the briskly growing SD-WAN market today, led Gartner to put together its first Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.

As businesses’ digital transformation initiatives begin in earnest, the WAN edge infrastructure market has evolved, Gartner said, from one based on traditional branch routers implemented via MPLS and stand-alone security and WAN optimization offerings to SD-WAN and vCPE platforms that incorporate multiple functions.

The opportunity for large legacy networking vendors and startups alike means the market has become crowded and the competition intense. Two or three "incumbent" vendors and one or two "emerging" vendors typically compete for each deal, Gartner estimated.

Among them, a few clear leaders have emerged, notably Cisco Systems, which acquired SD-WAN power player Viptela last year; VMware, which acquired the industry's No. 1 SD-WAN vendor VeloCloud late last year; and pure-play SD-WAN juggernaut Silver Peak, which was founded in 2004 by Cisco veteran David Hughes.

Click through to see which vendors made Gartner's first Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.

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