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Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure

Published: 04 January 2023


Vendors scored in this research provide functionality for basic connectivity needs. However, infrastructure and operations leaders also require capabilities for AI/ML-driven network assurance, automation, policy enforcement and Internet of Things containment, for which there is more differentiation.

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Key Findings
  • The Gartner scores for the five defined use cases point to little differentiation between the top four vendors, indicating that their portfolios can address a wide variety of enterprise use cases, independent of company size and vertical market.

  • Hardware capabilities are increasingly commoditized, with declining differentiation among network providers.

  • Many organizations are connecting a growing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices converging onto the corporate network, raising the importance of IoT device visibility and security.

  • Network management platforms and product roadmaps point to a growing emphasis on artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML)-driven analytics, aimed at baselining, monitoring and proactively resolving network

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  • ALE
  • Arista Networks
  • Cambium Networks
  • Cisco (Catalyst)
  • Cisco (Meraki)
  • CommScope (RUCKUS)
  • Extreme Networks
  • Fortinet
  • HPE (Aruba)
  • Huawei
  • Juniper
  • TP-Link
  • Wired LAN
  • Wireless LAN
  • Network Security
  • Management and Administration
  • Network AIOps Features
  • IoT Device Containment
  • Unified Wired and Wireless LAN
  • Hands-Off NetOps
  • Remote Branch Office
  • Wired-Only Refresh/New Build
  • WLAN-Only Refresh/New Build

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Critical Capabilities: A deeper look into provider offerings

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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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