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Gartner’s Magic Quadrant For WAN Edge Infrastructure: Cisco Makes A Comeback

Gina Narcisi

The 2020 report saw Cisco bounce back in the leadership quadrant and four more players up their SD-WAN games enough to be named leaders. Here are the vendors that made the cut.

Leader: Cisco

Cisco Systems, a leader in the first WAN Edge Infrastructure report in 2018, fell into the challenger quadrant last year. However, the networking giant returned to the leadership position this year thanks to its solid roadmap and plans to deliver increased security capabilities in an integrated fashion, driving toward a secure access service edge (SASE) architecture. However, the vendor‘s SD-WAN portfolio still includes separate pieces, which don’t aren’t fully integrated at the software or hardware layer, Gartner said.

San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco is providing its flagship SD-WAN offering through its Viptela business, as well as an offering powered by Meraki appliances for leaner IT organizations.

 
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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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