Saturday, August 12, 2017

The 10 most powerful companies in enterprise networking

    Here's our ranking of the top 10 network-gear vendors that serve corporate needs

    1. Cisco
    Cisco maintains a 60% market share in the routing and switching market, according to the most recent numbers from IDC.

    1. HPE/Aruba
    Lately, Aruba’s been pushing into the core switching market, releasing new hardware to go with its ArubaOS-CX operating system, which it bills as an all-in-one solution for visibility and management for an increasingly IoT-heavy enterprise network.

    1. Juniper
    Juniper clawed out 3.5% annual growth in the switching and routing market in 2016, according to IDC.

    1. Huawei
    Huawei’s share of the WLAN market grew 77% between 2015 and 2016, according to the latest available numbers from IDC. 

    1. Arista
    Arista’s latest releases – new (merchant silicon!) hardware in its R series and software upgrades – have been lauded as among the most capable on the market.

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    1. VMware
    VMware extended its potential use cases for NSX in February by rolling out NSX-T 1.1, a version of the software that works with non-VMware cloud and virtualization environments.

    1. Riverbed
    The company’s latest acquisition – of edge wireless gear manufacturer Xirrus – signals an aggressive shift of direction, with Riverbed executives making bellicose noises about challenging Cisco in certain WLAN markets at a company event in April.

    1. Netscount
    It’s still going through some consolidation, given the 2015 deal that saw it combine with Fluke Networks, Arbor Networks and VSS Monitoring in a complicated not-actually-a-merger.

    The combined company has a huge market presence in Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD, and is one of the top vendors for hyperscale data centers. It’s one of just three leaders in Gartner’s most recent NPMD Magic Quadrant, despite the fact that it’s suing Gartner over a previous report.

    NetScout announced that it had reached a milestone in the integration of its real-time information platform with Arbor’s threat-analysis tool, strengthening its network monitoring and security capabilities.

    Gartner says NetScout has the biggest NPMD revenues of anybody in the market, between $500 million and $750 million per year. 

    1. Extreme Networks
    The name makes it sound like a company that markets energy drinks, but Extreme Networks is suddenly a company with an impressively complete portfolio of enterprise networking offerings.
    Having bought up Brocade’s data-center business from Broadcom, nabbed Avaya’s networking business and acquired Zebra Technologies' LAN business in 2016, Extreme’s existing switching and routing now forms the basis of a surprise up-and-comer on the enterprise networking scene.

    1. Dell/EMC
    While the company’s hardware may not have the same reputation as some of its competitors’, the fact that a wide range of different software can be run on it means that there’s a great deal of flexibility – a strong value proposition for users looking to embrace more virtualized network technologies. Pretty good fit for a company that also technically owns VMware, although the latter firm still operates with a high degree of independence.

    Dell’s using both its investments in VMware and its own open networking gear to offer an attractive option to companies that want to get into advanced technologies like hyperconverged infrastructure.

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