Gartner gives HPE (Aruba) the highest score in 5 of 6 use cases

Gartner gives HPE (Aruba) the highest score in 5 of 6 use cases

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Strategic Planning Assumptions

By 2023, large enterprise exclusive use of artificial intelligence for IT operations and digital experience monitoring tools to monitor modern applications and infrastructure will rise from 5% in 2018 to 30%.
By 2022, 95% of organizations will still not know the connectivity requirements of all the IoT devices accessing their applications.

Market Definition/Description

Vendors covered in this research, which is intended for use by enterprise I&O leaders responsible for wired and wireless LAN access network infrastructure, provide hardware and software solutions to deliver connectivity to enterprise campus and branch location environments.
Gartner defines this market of vendors as supplying wired and wireless networking hardware and software that enable devices to connect to the enterprise wired LAN or Wi-Fi network. These devices include:
  • Laptops
  • Smartphones, tablets and other mobile smart devices
  • Networked office equipment
  • Sensors and other Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints
  • Other fixed or mobile devices that communicate to a wired switch port or a wireless access point at the edge of the enterprise infrastructure
Wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure for most large enterprises (1,000-plus employees) is a “must have” for employee and guest or contractor network connectivity, especially as an organization expands to new facilities or plans a migration to “wireless-first” networking scenarios. The underlying technology — now at “Wi-Fi 6” branding for the 802.11ax current state-of-the-art technical standard — continues to evolve through an international standards process supporting ever-greater network throughput, client device density and granularity of network management. These attributes will grow in importance as consolidation of enterprise networks formerly managed as operating technology (OT) become critical elements of the IT domain. Driving this is proliferation of IoT endpoints for building control, security and other applications attaching to the access network. Most innovation, beyond the continuing iteration of standards-based hardware technology, is occurring in network service applications for configuration, provisioning, management and security of the access network, along with support for location-based services and other applications that the network enables. This includes applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to the huge datasets now generated by the access network and connected endpoints and applications, in order to incorporate more automation to network management, assurance, security and troubleshooting.
This research evaluates wired and wireless LAN access infrastructure solutions for enterprises that procure and manage their own access networks (i.e., “do it yourself” [DIY]). It does not cover wired and wireless access networking infrastructure for service providers such as telecom or other managed network service (MNS) providers. It also does not evaluate vendors based on their products for adjacent markets such as public venues, small office/home office, commercial and industrial settings, or point-to-point solutions.
Avoid limiting your choices solely to the vendors in this research. Supplement this analysis by including a regional or vertical-market-focused vendor that may be a good fit or that provides a competitive lever for your organization’s size or vertical industry.

Magic Quadrant

Figure 1. Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure