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Critical Capabilities for SD-WAN

Published: 19 September 2022


Infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for networking are implementing software-defined WAN solutions to connect branches to applications and other enterprise locations. Vendors’ capabilities vary, so use this research to identify the products that best fit common enterprise use cases.

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Key Findings
  • Software-defined, wide-area network vendors are aggressively adding security service edge capabilities to position theirofferings as single-vendor secure access service edge offerings.

  • Most enterprises are trying to solve three main challenges in this market: connecting branch sites to other enterprise locations, connecting to the cloud and securing the enterprise network when deploying distributed internet access. Consequently, cloud teams and security teams are increasingly participating in SD-WAN procurements.

  • SD-WAN vendors are developing artificial intelligence networking capabilities (to improve Day 2 operations) that will be increasingly relevant to buying decisions during the next 12 to 18 months.

  • The use cases with the widest spread

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  • Barracuda
  • Cisco (Meraki)
  • Cisco (Viptela)
  • Citrix
  • Cradlepoint
  • Forcepoint
  • Fortinet
  • HPE (Aruba EdgeConnect Enterprise)
  • HPE (Aruba EdgeConnect SD-Branch)
  • Huawei
  • Juniper
  • Nuage Networks
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Peplink
  • Versa (VOS)
  • Versa (VOS With Titan)
  • VMware
  • SD-WAN Features
  • On-Premises Security (Native)
  • Cloud-Delivered Security (Native)
  • Partner-Integrated Cloud Security
  • Application Performance Opt
  • Operational Capabilities
  • Deployment Flexibility
  • Small-Platform Flexibility
  • Scalability
  • Cloud Onramp
  • Remote-Worker Platform
  • WAN for Small Branches
  • Large Global WAN
  • Security-Sensitive WAN
  • Cloud-First WAN
  • Remote Home Worker

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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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