Gartner has thoroughly evaluated each vendor of wired and wireless LAN access infrastructure and determined that Extreme Networks is among the leaders of the fourteen companies. To reach this conclusion, Gartner conducted more than 1,500 client interactions and analyzed survey responses from 114 organizations utilizing wired/WLAN in their environments. The findings are summarized in Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure by analysts Andrew Lerner, Tim Zimmerman, and Bill Menezes.
With the 2013 acquisition of Enterasys Networks, Extreme Networks now offers a full range of wired/wireless access networking capability, including wired switches, wireless access points, and management (NetSight) and network service applications. Extreme focuses on midsize to large enterprises, and its portfolio can meet a wide range of needs, from SMBs to service providers. Consider Extreme for “greenfield” and refresh access networking opportunities, including high-density venues. –Gartner
To analyze and rank the infrastructure vendors, Gartner identified a common set of capabilities provided to varying degrees by each company and weighted the capabilities according to their importance to these six use cases:
- Enterprise Unified Wired and WLAN Access
- Enterprise Wired-Only Access
- Enterprise WLAN-Only Access
- Small or Remote Office
- Guest or Hot Spot Access Only
- High Density Venue
The six critical capabilities evaluated in the report include: wired access, WLAN access, high-density WLAN access, management and administration, onboarding and policy enforcement, and additional network services. To be included, vendors had to meet minimum criteria in product range, guest access, security functionality, policy enforcement, and network management. In the category of management and administration, Extreme Networks achieved the rating of 4.0, the second-highest score.
Among their recommendations, Gartner suggests, “Consider a unified wired/WLAN access solution from a single vendor if you desire a consistent wired/WLAN user-centric access policy with improved provisioning times and reduced administrative costs.” Extreme Networks is one of the very few vendors that can provide a unified solution across the wireless and wired spectrum.
In the report, Gartner notes that vendors that scored highest offer product differentiation in areas including simplified and consistent management of products from a single pane of glass and lower total cost of ownership. The depth and breadth of features is also greater among the leading vendors. Gartner recommends that network decision makers use this research to determine which vendors have the best mix of capabilities for their specific usage requirements.
You can read Gartner’s 2014 Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure Report to see all the vendor ratings displayed side-by-side.