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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: Palo Alto Networks/CloudGenix

Platform security vendor Palo Alto Networks, a newcomer to the quadrant, joined the fray this year after acquiring San Jose, Calif.-based SD-WAN startup CloudGenix for $420 million in March.

The SD-WAN and security-focused company now has one of the more complete SASE offerings when fully integrated with CloudGenix technology. The company also has one of the best visualization capabilities compared to other vendors on the report, Gartner said. However, the company still has limited capabilities in terms of application performance optimization, specifically with WAN optimization, Gartner found.

Palo Alto in September revealed two new SD-WAN appliances: The CloudGenix ION 1000 for retail and small offices/home offices; and the CloudGenix ION 9000 for large campus locations.

 
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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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