Gartner Magic Quadrant For SD-WAN: Sophos Joins, Citrix Drops
With the addition of Sophos as a Niche Player and report mainstays such as Cisco Systems, HPE Aruba and Versa Networks holding down the Leader quadrant, here’s who made the cut for this year’s Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN.
The SD-WAN market is evolving and has seen its fair share of consolidation in recent years, but there are still big differences between the vendors in this market. For the first four years of this Gartner report, it went by the name Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. Last year, however, the name was simplified to the Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN.
Research firm Gartner says that by 2026, a whopping 60 percent of new SD-WAN purchases will be part of a single-vendor secure access service edge (SASE) offering, up from 15 percent in 2022. By 2026, generative AI technology embedded in SD-WAN offerings will be used for 20 percent of initial network configuration, up from near zero in 2023, demonstrating that the market is still evolving at a rapid pace.
This year’s report featured 14 players, including report mainstays and networking leaders Cisco Systems and HPE Aruba, security powerhouses Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks, and Versa Networks, a company that continues to stand on its own in the SD-WAN market. The report this year included one newcomer, Sophos, which Gartner said was added to the report because it met the report’s inclusion criteria. Dropped from this year’s report was Citrix, which publicly announced its intention to exit the SD-WAN market in late 2022.
The 2023 report saw a developing, mainstream SD-WAN market complete with both large, established vendors and smaller, niche providers. Here’s who made the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN.