Gartner Research

Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure

Published: 03 November 2017

ID: G00343106

Analyst(s): Bill Menezes , Tim Zimmerman , Christian Canales


Enterprises have moved beyond basic connectivity and now use network service applications and deployment flexibility to differentiate access networking vendors. I&O leaders should use this research to assess vendor hardware and software capabilities across six enterprise access networking use cases.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Critical Capabilities Use-Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • Aerohive
    • ALE
    • Allied Telesis
    • Brocade (Ruckus)
    • Cisco
    • Dell EMC
    • D-Link
    • Extreme Networks
    • Fortinet
    • HPE (Aruba)
    • Huawei
    • Juniper Networks
    • Mist Systems
    • Mojo Networks
    • New H3C
    • Riverbed (Xirrus)
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • Wired Access
    • WLAN Access
    • Network Access/Guest Access/BYOD
    • Management and Administration
    • Addtl. Network Service Applications
    • Multivendor Management Support
  • Use Cases
    • Unified Wired and WLAN Access
    • Wired-Only Refresh/New Build
    • WLAN-Only Refresh/New Build
    • Performance Stringent Applications
    • Multivendor Networking Environment
    • Remote Branch Office With Corporate HQ
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion Criteria

  • Critical Capabilities Rating

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