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Global SD-WAN Vendor Market, 2021: Frost Radar Report

  • ID: 5451130
  • Report
  • September 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 42 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
A Benchmarking System to Spark Companies to Action - Innovation that Fuels New Deal Flow and Growth Pipelines

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Amazon
  • Cisco Systems
  • Citrix Systems
  • Fortinet
  • Google
  • Nuage Networks

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) vendors witnessed a surge in demand for SD-WAN technology to extend to remote workers. The business case for doing so is solid. As businesses across industries are embracing the public cloud to host key applications, and with advances in residential broadband and wireless speeds, remote workers can access most enterprise applications from home.

While WAN technology is evolving into a software-centric approach (thanks to SDN, NFV, and SD-WAN) to support distributed users and applications, security has remained largely centralized. Today, employees, partners, and contractors have the ability to access enterprise applications from anywhere around the globe. Security administrators must keep track of users’ locations and the applications they are accessing, monitor the performance and quality of experience for those applications, and secure them. Traditional infrastructure-based security concentrated in company headquarters is not sufficient when business applications are deployed across multiple clouds.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the value of cloud and connectivity to ensure business continuity. The analyst expects cloud adoption to increase in the next 5 years, thus driving demand for SD-WAN solutions. While most SD-WAN vendors have had cloud on-ramp connectivity to the public cloud for a while, in 2020 vendors integrated their solutions with Azure virtual WAN, Amazon Transit Network Gateway, and Google Cloud Hub to optimize enterprise cloud connectivity. In the 2021 Global WAN Virtualization Trends end-user survey, IT decision-makers listed virtual network services as the third-most important technology trend of priority for the next 24 months.

The growth in the adoption of IoT applications and the need for faster data processing for latency-sensitive applications are driving demand for edge computing. In addition, 5G plays a critical role in the success of edge computing due to its high-speed and low-latency bandwidth features. SD-WAN facilitates automated, optimized, and secure connectivity over 5G between endpoints (users or things) and edge compute nodes. The network slicing feature of 5G enables an SD-WAN platform to request virtualized slices on the network for different applications, based on centrally defined policies. While COVID-19 disrupted the introduction of 5G integrated SD-WAN appliances, SD-WAN vendors are looking to ship SD-WAN appliances with integrated 5G support to tap into edge computing and 5G trends in late 2021 or early 2022.

The concept of self-healing WAN has remained at the core of SD-WAN discussions since its inception, owing to its SDN roots. SD-WAN solution vendors are investing in and integrating AI and ML tools to deliver on the promise of application-aware or intent-based networking to automate routine network operation tasks, set policies, measure network performance against set targets, and respond to and rectify the networks as needed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted global businesses across industries. While almost all technology spending came to a halt in Q2 of 2020, or sales cycles lengthened, the SD-WAN technology market began to recover in early 2021. Vendors interviewed for the report confirmed they are seeing a surge in sales as pent-up demand begins to get fulfilled.

The global SD-WAN vendor market remains fragmented, with close to 25 vendors in competition. However, not all vendors provide complete SD-WAN solutions. The companies mapped on the report offer well-rounded solutions. Vendors are primarily analyzed based on their SD-WAN features and functionality; while related functions such as security, WAN optimization, and routing are critical, the vendors must have a comprehensive SD-WAN solution for inclusion on the Radar™.

The report reveals the market positioning of each company using its Growth and Innovation scores as highlighted in the Radar™ methodology. The document presents a competitive profile of each company based on its strengths, opportunities, and market positioning. We discuss the top strategic market imperatives and the competitive environment that vendors operate in as well as make recommendations for each provider to spur its growth.

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Amazon
  • Cisco Systems
  • Citrix Systems
  • Fortinet
  • Google
  • Nuage Networks

1. Strategic Imperative and Growth Environment

  • Strategic Imperative
  • Growth Environment
  • Forecast Assumptions
  • Revenue Forecast
  • Percent Revenue Breakdown by Region
  • Customer Site Forecast
  • Percent Customer Site Forecast by Type

2. Frost Radar

  • Frost Radar: Global SD-WAN Vendor Market
  • Frost Radar: Competitive Environment

3. Companies to Action

  • Cisco Systems
  • Citrix Systems
  • Fortinet
  • Nuage Networks
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Silver Peak (Acquired by Aruba Networks, an HPE Company)
  • Versa Networks
  • VMware

4. Strategic Insights

5. Next Steps: Leveraging the  to Empower Key Stakeholders

  • Significance of Being on the 
  • Empowers the CEO’s Growth Team
  • Empowers Investors
  • Empowers Customers
  • Empowers the Board of Directors

6. Frost Radar: Analytics

  • Frost Radar: Benchmarking Future Growth Potential
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Amazon
  • Cisco Systems
  • Citrix Systems
  • Fortinet
  • Google
  • Nuage Networks
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Silver Peak (Acquired by Aruba Networks, a HPE Company)
  • Versa Networks
  • VMware
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