SDN is a ground-breaking networking architecture, which is poised to entirely revolutionize the existing networking and data center infrastructure. Along with the innovative idea of NFV, the control plane is decoupled from the data plane, with the provision for a separate controlling software layer and an application platform with the capabilities of policy making and providing network intelligence.
The vendors are placed into 4 categories based on their performance in each criterion: Visionary Leaders, Innovators, Emerging Companies, and Dynamic Differentiators. We have evaluated top 26 vendors that include Cisco Systems, Inc., IBM Corporation, Juniper Networks, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Ericsson AB, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., NEC corporation, Pica8 Inc., Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Big Switch Networks, Inc., Intel Corporation, Ciena Corporation, Pluribus Networks, Plexxi, Nuage Networks, Verizon Enterprise, AT&T, Mellanox Technologies, Metaswitch, Zetta Networks, Accedian Networks, Nokia, Avaya Inc., NETGEAR, Affirmed Networks, Inc., and Extreme Networks, Inc. The analysis has been carried out based on specific parameters and the scores have been assigned accordingly.
Vendors who fall into this category receive high scores for most of the evaluation criterion. The vendors in this MicroQuadrant have a strong and established product portfolio and a very strong market presence. They provide mature and reputable traffic management system solutions and services that cater to a wide range of verticals globally. They also have strong business strategies. Companies in this section includes IBM Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, Juniper Networks,Inc., NEC Corporation, Intel Corporation, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, and Big Switch Networks.
Innovators in the MicroQuadrant are vendors that have demonstrated substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. They have very focused product portfolio. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall business. Companies in innovators section includes Ericsson AB, Nokia Corporation, Pica8 Inc., Brocade Communications Systems, Ciena Corporation, Plexxi, AT&T, Inc., Metaswitch Networks, and Extreme Networks, Inc.
They are established vendors with very strong business strategies. However, they are low in product portfolio. They generally focus on a specific type of technology related to the product. The vendors included in this MicroQuadrant have a good customer base and are providers of software and services catering to other technologies as well. Companies under dynamic differentiators includes Nuage Networks, Accedian Networks, Affirmed Networks, Inc., Avaya Inc., and Pluribus Networks.
Emerging companies’ category comprises vendors with niche product offerings, who are starting to gain their position in the market. They do not have very strong business strategies as compared to other established vendors. They might be new entrants in the market and require some more time before getting significant traction
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- Support and Services
- Client Redressal Protocol
- Channel for Delivery of Support Services
- On-Site Support
- Product Features and Functionality
- Functionalities gap in the solution
- Product Features
- Deployment Model
- Through Partners / Third-Party Vendors
- Delivery Mode for Client Location
- Full Time Equivalent
- Per User / Device Basis
- Business Applications
- Solutions for Industrial Vertical Offered
- Academia and Research
- Consumer Goods and Retail
- Others, please specify
- Breadth and Depth of Product Offerings
- Products/Solutions Offered
- Solutions Offered
- Type of SDN and NFV solutions
- security technology
- SDN Application Platform and Controller
- Services Offered
- Consulting and Integration
- Support and Maintenance
- Network Security and Analytics