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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Wired, Wireless LAN 2019: Aruba, Cisco, Extreme Networks Lead The Way

Aruba Networks, Cisco, and Extreme Networks were crowned leaders on this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for Wired, Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure as four new players joined the report.

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Leader -- Cisco

Cisco, according to Gartner, continues to provide the broadest wired and wireless access layer portfolio, including multigigabit switches and Wi-Fi 6-capable access points. Gartner said that San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco's management team is also successfully leveraging core competencies across both its Catalyst and Meraki product lines, and that Cisco continues to be the market share leader for campus switch and WLAN access layer connectivity.

Strengths: Cisco's DNA Center can address multivendor network management through device packs, which allow a single pane of glass for access layer wired and wireless management, Gartner said. Cisco has also improved connections between divergent product families via DNA Center.

Weaknesses: The report said that despite Cisco's plans to merge its cloud and on-premises product lines, end users should make sure that the required functionality is being delivered for the solution they are deploying, such as Cisco DNA Center on-premises DNA Assurance versus cloud-based Meraki Wireless Health. Client feedback is mixed as it relates to confusion around costs and features.

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