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Wired, WLAN Gartner Magic Quadrant: Crowded Leader Quadrant Anchored By Aruba, Cisco

Gina Narcisi

The 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure report features an overall slimmed-down list of networking players but a busy Leader quadrant that includes mainstays Aruba and Cisco.

The 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure report, published at the end of December, included the industry’s networking behemoths that have been continuously evolving their enterprise wired and wireless networking products and services to include the big customer asks like cloud management and AI integrations.

The latest report was whittled down to include 11 vendors, a steady consolidation from 13 in 2021 and 18 in 2020. That’s because the enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure market now must be composed of vendors that not only deliver wired and wireless Ethernet networking hardware but also offer integrated on-premises or cloud-based network management software. Many of the leaders featured, such as Cisco Systems and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, are also getting into Network as a Service (NaaS) as a new and sought-after way for customers to consume these technologies. And the demand for AI and automation can’t be left out—something that fellow Leader Juniper Networks and even Niche Player CommScope’s Ruckus are prioritizing within their offerings.

For inclusion in the report, vendors must be providing and supporting enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure globally in at least four of the five main geographies identified by Gartner, including Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and North America and these companies can’t have more than 60 percent of their revenue generated in a single region. Dropped from this year’s report was H3C and Allied Telesis because Gartner could not validate the inclusion criteria. The 2022 report, just like its predecessor, once again had an empty Challenger quadrant.

With a total of 11 wired and wireless vendors that landed on the 2022 Magic Quadrant this year, here are the companies that ranked as a Leader, Niche Player or Visionary, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor according to Gartner.

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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