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Here's Who Made Gartner's 2016 Global Network Services Magic Quadrant

Gina Narcisi

A Market In Flux

Global enterprise networks are swept up in a revolution, propelled by the availability of SDN and the cloud as a method of delivery for IT services. As a result, there's plenty of room for a shakeup to Gartner's Magic Quadrant as we know it.

That's because there's differentiation among service providers, according to Neil Rickard, research analyst for Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Research, in an interview with CRN about this year's Magic Quadrant report.

The annual Global Network Services Magic Quadrant includes service providers that offer dedicated Internet services, WAN offerings and SIP products. Today, differentiating capabilities include managed hybrid WANs, cloud connectivity services and SIP trunks replacing the public switched telephone network (PSTN), Rickard said. Emerging "ingredients" that some providers are offering today also include software-defined networking (SDN)/software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), network function virtualization (NFV), and virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE).

Here's who landed in the Leader, Challenger, Niche and Visionary quadrants on 2016's Global Network Services Magic Quadrant report.

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