Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN 2020 is live and a new player has entered the winner’s circle for the first time.
Juniper Networks, a visionary in last year’s report, has jumped all the way to the Leader’s quadrant thanks to its revolutionary Mist Systems technology that it acquired in 2019. The deal has allowed Juniper to invest in AI and add rich telemetry into its wired switching and WLAN products, giving the vendor an end-to-end portfolio that could give the other leading mainstays – Cisco, Extreme Networks, and HPE/Aruba – a run for their money.
For the second year in a row, the “Challengers” quadrant sat empty this year as 12 vendors crowded into the “Niche Player” category, including CommScope/Ruckus Networks, Arista Networks thanks to its Mojo Networks buy, and Ubiquiti Networks. Security specialist Fortinet and embattled Chinese company Huawei filled out the visionary quadrant.
A total of 18 wired and wireless vendors landed on the 2019 Magic Quadrant this year. Here’s who ranked as a leader, niche player, and visionary, and the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor.