Niche Player: ALE
For the second year in a row, ALE is a niche player. The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise-branded portfolio includes wireless APs and campus Ethernet switches with 802.3bz multigigabit ports supporting 802.11ac and 802.11ax performance. ALE’s Rainbow workflow software as a service (SaaS)-based communication platform and workflow engine creates automated network management, provisioning and IT security enforcement policies.
ALE targets large and midsize enterprise sectors and employs vertical-market-specific sales teams to focus on specific industries where it believes it can be most successful. Gartner warns that because ALE is privately held by a Chinese-based investment firm, clients will have to make sure they can get visibility into key financial and operating information they may require for RFPs.