The 2017 Magic Quadrant is out!
The Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure has been released by Gartner on October 17th:
Talking about the visionaries, we can see that Extreme Networks is clearly catching up and getting closer and closer to the leaders. Gartner has recognized the successful acquisitions made by Extreme over the past few months. If you want to learn more about it, Rowell Dionicio and I recorded a Clear To Send podcast episode about it with Mike Leibovitz from Extreme.
Among the new comers, Mist Systems has been positioned as a visionary by Gartner. I believe this was expected knowing that the startup has been growing at a fast pace over the past couple of years. They also focus heavily on AI and, therefore, I am not surprised to see them as visionaries.
The appearance of Mojo Networks as a new comer is also interesting, I believe. Mojo decided to advocate the open networking standards and is actively part of the Open Commute Project. This has modified their business model and impacted the company in a good way. They also focus on AI and machine learning.
The trend is clearly around software defined networks, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Gartner believes that more and more automation will happen at the access layer of our networks. Here is their prediction: “By 2022, more than 60% of IT organizations will use access layer network automation, up from less than 5% today.”
Earlier this year, the Mobility Field Day 2 outlined this trend with presentations from vendors such as Mist Systems, Mojo Networks, Cape Networks and Nyansa.
If you want to read the full Gartner report, you can get a free copy of the report if you visit Aruba’s website at http://engage.arubanetworks.com/LP_CP_Aruba_510354404_Gartner-Report-ROMA2057.
These were my thoughts on the new 2017 Magic Quadrant. As a Network Engineer, do you trust the Magic Quadrant? Or do you think that vendors are lobbying Gartner in order to get a better spot on the Magic Quadrant?
Thank you for reading!