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2017 Gartner Market Guide for WAN Edge Infrastructure


WAN edge infrastructure is changing rapidly as I&O leaders responsible for networking face dynamic business requirements, including changing application architectures. This guide covers a fragmented vendor and technology landscape, with a focus on the increasingly relevant topics of SD-WAN and vCPE.


Key Findings

  • The WAN edge infrastructure market includes vendors that provide network functions designed for branch locations, such as routing, WAN optimization and SD-WAN.
  • Many enterprise are struggling with the price, performance and flexibility of their traditional WANs, which is exacerbated by proliferation of public cloud applications.
  • A wide range of innovative WAN technologies has been delivered to the market in the last 24 months.
  • The market for branch office network functionality is shifting from dedicated routing and WAN optimization appliances to SD-WAN and vCPE platforms.
  • Ample differences exist between vendor products, including architecture, functionality, business models, deployment methods, management, usability, visibility and cost.


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