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Critical Capabilities for WAN Edge Infrastructure

Published: 30 September 2020


Infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for networking are increasingly evaluating WAN edge solutions to connect users to distributed application workloads. There is differentiation between vendors, so this research should be used to identify vendors that best fit their specific use cases.

Included in Full Research

  • Critical Capabilities Use-Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • Barracuda
    • Cisco (IOS XE With Umbrella)
    • Cisco (Meraki With Umbrella)
    • Cisco (Viptela OS With Umbrella)
    • Citrix
    • Cradlepoint
    • FatPipe Networks
    • Fortinet
    • HPE (Aruba)
    • Huawei
    • Juniper Networks
    • Nuage Networks
    • Palo Alto Networks (CloudGenix With Prisma)
    • Peplink
    • Riverbed (SteelConnect EX With Versa VOS)
    • Silver Peak
    • Teldat
    • Versa (Titan)
    • Versa (VOS)
    • VMware
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • SD-WAN Features
    • Security Features
    • App Performance Optimization
    • Operational Features
    • Deployment Flexibility
    • Small Platform Flexibility
    • Scalability
    • Cloud Features
  • Use Cases
    • Small/Midsize Enterprise/Regional WAN
    • Large Global WAN
    • Small Footprint Retail WAN
    • Security-Sensitive WAN
    • Cloud-First WAN
  • Vendors Added or Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped
  • Critical Capabilities Rating

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Critical Capabilities: A deeper look into provider offerings

How does a Critical Capabilities report work?

As a companion to the Magic Quadrant™, a Critical Capabilities report scores competing products and services against a set of meaningful differentiators. It reveals which options are the best fit in various use cases to help you focus on the vendors best suited to your needs.

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