Network Transformation Solutions is defined as the restructuring, decommissioning, and migration from legacy networks to Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN), network automation, and 5G networks for optimizing fault management, automating networks, providing high bandwidth and network intelligence, and reducing the Operational Expenditure (OPEX). Network Transformation Solutions provide a roadmap to the enterprises for modernizing their information technology infrastructure.

COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP MAPPING TERMINOLOGY

The MicroQuadrant matrix provides information about the major players who offer network transformation solutions and associated services. It outlines the findings and analysis on how well each market vendor performs within the predefined MicroQuadrant criteria. The vendor evaluations are based on 2 broad categories: strength of product portfolio and business strategy excellence. Each category carries various criteria based on which the vendors have been evaluated. The evaluation criteria considered under the strength of product portfolio includes the breadth and depth of product offering (on the basis of the industries that the vendors cater to, and the solution and service offerings), product features and functionality, product branding, product innovation, and product quality, reliability, and support. The evaluation criteria considered under business strategy excellence include effectiveness of growth strategy (on the basis of customers and revenue generation), channel strategy and fit (on the basis of the channel partners that the vendors cater to), geographic footprint (on the basis of the geographic presence), breadth of application served and coverage, mergers and acquisitions strategy, vision alignment and effectiveness of organic growth strategy.

VISIONARY LEADERS

Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, HPE, Huawei, IBM, NEC, Intel, Nokia Networks, Dell EMC, and Ericsson are the leaders in the network transformation market and are recognized as the visionary leaders. They have a strong portfolio of solutions and services in the network transformation market. These vendors have been marking their presence in the network transformation market by offering customized solutions as per the requirement of the commercial customers, coupled with growth strategies to achieve consistent, advanced growth in the network transformation market.

INNOVATORS

Ciena, GENBAND, AT&T, and Affirmed Networks are recognized as the innovators in the network transformation market. These companies are concerned about their product portfolios, and they have the robust potential to build strong business strategies for expanding their presence and staying at par with the visionary leaders. These vendors have been consistently offering next-generation networking solutions to fulfill customer demands. They have been at the forefront for the deployment of networking solutions.

DYNAMIC DIFFERENTIATORS

Samsung, Fujitsu, Accenture, China Mobile, and ZTE are recognized as dynamic differentiators in the network transformation market. These companies have an innovative portfolio of solutions and services, and they also have an extensive network of channel partners and resellers to increase the deployment of their solutions across a multitude of business functions. The dynamic vendors have been consistently generating positive revenue growth in the network transformation market, and their market position is boosted by the organic and inorganic ventures undertaken by them.

EMERGING COMPANIES

Arista Networks, Big Switch Networks, 6WINDS, SolarWinds, Mavenir, Artiza Networks, BlueCat Networks, and Verizon Enterprise are recognized as the emerging companies in the network transformation market. The majority of the emerging vendors have been undertaking multiple acquisitions and boosting their sales capabilities across various regions to offer integrated solutions and services to a wide range of clients.

Network Transformation Solutions Quadrant

Comparing 27 vendors in Network Transformation Solutions across 98 criteria.

Find the best Network Transformation Solutions solution for your business, using ratings and reviews from buyers, analysts, vendors and industry experts

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Below criteria are most commonly used for comparing Network Transformation Solutions tools.
  • Breadth and Depth of Product Offerings
    • Offerings
      • Solution
      • Professional Services
      • Managed Services
  • Product Features and Functionality
    • Services
      • Managed Network Monetization Services
      • Managed Network Management Service
      • Managed Network Testing Service
      • Managed Network Audit Service
    • professional services
      • Deployment and Provisioning
      • Consulting
      • Integration Services
      • Transformation Optimization Services
      • Wireless infrastructure Management
      • Network Design Service
    • Products/Solutions Offered
      • SDN and NFV
      • C-RAN
      • Network Automation
      • Others
  • Product Branding
    • Product Branding
    • Business Functions Catered
      • IT
      • Telecom
      • BFSI
      • Energy and Utilities
      • Media and Entertainment
      • Others (Specify)
  • Focus on Product Innovation
    • Product Enhancement Development
    • New Solutions Launched (Last 2 years)
      • 2 to 5
      • Less than 2
  • Product Quality and Reliability
    • Organization Type
      • Large Organization
      • SME
    • Frequency of Support Service
      • Bi-Annually
    • Channel for Delivery of Support Services
      • On-Site Support
      • Remote Support

TOP VENDORS (27)

  • 1

    Cisco Systems’s network orchestration and automation solution allow its clients to automate their service delivery, rapid launch of new services, and in the reduction of network operation cost. Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) empowers organizations to provide quick access to the application in minutes, without compromising on security. APIC-EM is a part of Cisco Digital Network Architecture; it delivers SDN to the enterprise branch, campus, and WAN. CISCO Network Transformation Intelligent WAN offers network automation and secure connectivity to the client’s networks. Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA) is an open, programmable architecture that helps to mitigate security threats and effectively manage the unprecedented scale of connected devices. This solution incorporates machine learning capability to deliver actionable insights of the enterprise networks.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1984
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 50,001 to 75,000
  • 2

    JUNIPER Network Transformation offers NorthStar controller which is a traffic engineering solution that provides granular visibility and control of IP/MPLS flow in the network. Its Contrail Networking solution is designed for cloud and NFV environment, which improves business agility with security, availability, performance, automation, and security. Additionally, the company offers Contrail Cloud Platform which integrates Contrail Networking with Juniper’s OpenStack distribution, an open source automation software, to provide cloud orchestration and automation platform. The company’s next-generation network offerings enable its clients to automate resource provisioning, configuration, and operation of computing, storage, and networking resources. Additionally, these solutions could be customized based on the customer’s policy. Moreover, these solutions are powered by data collection engine, which allows users to collect and process large scale of structured and unstructured data in the client’s network.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1996
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 5,001 to 10,000
  • 3

    HPE also offers network management solution. This solution helps in proactively monitoring the health and performance of devices connected to the network. HPE Intelligent Management Center (IMC) delivers management across campus core and data center networks. Moreover, this solution is capable of converting meaningless network data to actionable information to improve scalability and agility of network. The company also offers Platform Consulting Services, Data Center Facilities Consulting Services, Cloud Services, Storage Services, SDN Services, and Network services to its clients. HPE’s SDN services help its clients to identify a functional area where SDN will enhance their business services. The company also offers integration services where IT professionals identify projects designed to integrate SDN into its client’s IT ecosystem.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 2015
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 50,001 to 75,000
  • 4

    The company’s CloudFabric solution leverages SDN technology for the creation of efficient data centers. It automates network deployment to enable service provisioning and provides refined management of the network. Moreover, the CloudDCI solution uses SDN to implement minute-level service provisioning and automated network control. SDN architecture improves network resource utilization and enhances bandwidth through efficient traffic scheduling. The company also offers solutions customized for different scenarios to deliver wireless networks suitable for business requirement. In addition, the company leverages SDN technology to build efficient, flexible, and ubiquitous security network defense system. The company is investing heavily in testing and development of 5G network solutions.

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    • Enterprise
    • Guangdong, China
    • Founded: 1987
    • $50BN to $100BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 5

    Some of the services provided by IBM Network Transformation under its network transformation portfolio are consulting, network management, deployment services, and integration services. IBM’s flagship network transformation services offering has been instrumental to map out the strategy for SDN deployment by identifying gaps in the present network architecture. IBM Network Transformation’s reliable networking services, provided by IBM expertise and networking professionals are the strengths of the company through which, it caters to its commercial clientele in the market. IBM’s consulting services are provided by networking professionals who help their commercial clientele to select and deploy appropriate SDN technology. Moreover, the company also offers proactive management of entire cloud environment including SDN, databases, servers, networking, and middleware. The company’s services increase business agility by enhancing the speed of deployment and availability with rapid provisioning of network functions and seamless connectivity. Moreover, IBM Network Transformation reduces network management complexity across heterogeneous IT environments by taking advantage of the hybrid WAN environment to enhance connectivity and reduce networking costs. IBM’s SDN solution is named SDN VE, which was developed at IBM Research Laboratories in Israel. This solution is a multi-hypervisor, server-centric solution comprising multiple components that overlay virtual networks onto physical networks that provide IP connectivity. This solution supports multivendor data center environments.

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    • Enterprise
    • New York, USA
    • Founded: 1911
    • $50BN to $100BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
    • Enterprise
    • Texas, USA
    • Founded: 1984
    • $50BN to $100BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 7

    Agile Virtualization Platform and Practice solution enables easy adoption of SDN and NFV technology for service providers. NEC Network Transformation's solution helps in using digital front-end applications, and it also makes end-to-end service management easy. Traffic management solution of NEC helps solution providers in reducing the CAPEX/OPEX and increasing the internet usage. The MasterScope Virtual DataCenter Automation solution, IaaS, allows centralized management of resources (physical and virtual servers, storage, and networks) and automates the deployment process and operation for service provision to users. Moreover, NEC’s Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) solution comprises 3G/LTE radio access network, aimed to offer smart applications, capacity, and coverage to enterprises.

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    • Enterprise
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • Founded: 1899
    • $5BN to $10BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 8

    The company’s flagship, Intel Select Solution, has been instrumental in providing workload optimization solution to a data center. Moreover, it accelerates the process of selecting and deploying the hardware and software need for a complex array of workloads and applications. INTEL Network Transformation has also developed a 5G mobile trial platform, which is in trials around the world, with leading service providers and equipment vendors. This platform is flexible to support different bandwidths and spectrums, including sub-6 GHz and high-band mmWave, to speed-up the development of 5G technologies and standards. Intel Quick Assist Technology (Intel QAT) enables high-performance security and compression acceleration on standard platform solutions in a software-defined infrastructure.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1968
    • $50BN to $100BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 9

    NOKIA Network Transformation’s AirScale Cloud RAN solution allows its clients to scale network capacity, increase the bandwidth of the network, and to reuse existing 4.5G network to launch new 5G services. Moreover, AirScale RNC, a part of AirScale Cloud RAN, enhancing scalability and automation across technologies and networks. Nokia network transformation services empower its clients to simplify and modernize their networks while reducing their risk and operational expenditure (OPEX). These services help its client’s in defining a transformation plan, developing right investment and divestment strategy, optimizing business processes, and enhancing operational efficiency.

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    • Enterprise
    • Uusimaa, Finland
    • Founded: 1865
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 10

    The company also provides Ericsson Cloud-RAN solution. Through Cloud RAN architectures, operators are able to utilize NFV methods along with data center processing proficiencies in their networks. This eventually provides various benefits, which include layer interworking, scalability, resource pooling, and spectral efficiency. Ericsson is planning to incorporate various important features of network architecture, keeping its focus on collaborative technologies that will provide elasticity to the system. Erricson network automation and management solution allow their clients to monitor, configure, troubleshoot, and optimize their networks through automation rules. The company’s Cloud SDN provides seamless intra and inter-datacenter connectivity for the physical, virtual, and container-based workload. Moreover, this solution allows open integration with industry standard DC fabric and switches. Ericsson’s consulting, learning, integration, and support services empowers their clients to simplify and modernize their networks while reducing the downtime of the network. These services help clients to optimize transformation of their network.

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    • Enterprise
    • Stockholm, Sweden
    • Founded: 1876
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
    • Enterprise
    • Seoul, South Korea
    • Founded: 1938
    • More than $100 BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 12

    These transformation services help their clients to optimize and integrate their network technologies so that it can support client’s business priorities and enable greater network agility. The company’s network solutions are based on next-generation technologies and are designed to deliver scalability, flexibility, maintenance, and cost-effectiveness. Moreover, they enable operators to offer customized services to their clients by giving them multiple choices in selecting highquality communication services to meet their demands. Fujitsu’s next-generation networking solution enables its clients to create a powerful end-to-end network infrastructure that meets the enterprise requirement for optimal network performance and cost management.

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    • Enterprise
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • Founded: 1935
    • More than $100 BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 13

    Accenture’s global delivery network locations are used widely to optimize the support of delivery operations and create an IT deployment engine for its esteemed clients. This has helped Accenture to trigger its growing coverage of solutions in the APAC region by various folds. For the years to come, it aims at expanding its businesses in the regions of MEA and APAC. The company specializes in offering its networking services inclusive of application services traversing systems integration and application outsourcing and covering full application lifecycle, from customized systems to all emerging technologies such as cloud, mobility, and IoT. These transformation services help their clients to optimize and integrate their network technologies so that it can support client’s business priorities and enable greater network agility.

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    • Enterprise
    • Dublin, Ireland
    • Founded: 1989
    • $50BN to $100BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
    • Startup
    • 1 to 50
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • Texas, USA
    • Founded: 1983
    • More than $100 BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
    • Enterprise
    • Guangdong, China
    • Founded: 1985
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 50,001 to 75,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • Hong Kong, China
    • Founded: 1997
    • More than $100 BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
    • Startup
    • 1 to 50
    • Startup
    • Massachusetts, USA
    • Founded: 2010
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 1 to 50
    • Enterprise
    • Delaware, USA
    • Founded: 1983
    • More than $100 BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • France
    • Founded: 2000
    • 51 to 100
    • SME
    • Austin, Texas, US
    • Founded: 1999
    • $101MN to $500MN
    • 1,001 to 5,000
  • 26

    The company is currently focusing on developing a flexible RAN which will be adaptable to changing circumstances and responsive for the constantly evolving infrastructure requirements. Mavenir provides its C-RAN solution called as the SmartC-RAN (SmartRRU and SmartC-BBU). This solution is developed with considering current network requirements as well as provisions for getting ready with 5G as well for the future networking requirments which includes the provision of deployment flexibility. SmartC-RAN solution also provides the SmartSplit technology, which is designed to handle the limitations of CPRI with regards to latency issues along with overhead and non-availability of ideal fronthaul. The solution provides an Ethernet centered fronthaul, which has the capability to handle fronthaul delays which can go up to 16ms RTT and can also provide wireless fronthaul. Moreover, in the network transformation arena, the company offers NFV/SDN optimized network elements and Mavenir Cloud Range MANO (Management and Orchestration) Suite which enhances scalability and balances the load on client network.

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    • SME
    • Reading, BERK, UK
    • Founded: 2005
    • $51MN to $100MN
    • 101 to 500
    • Startup
    • Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
    • Founded: 1990
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 501 to 1,000

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