Why SD-WAN Surfaces in Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization

Highly-influential industry analyst firm, Gartner, has once again recognized Silver Peak as a “Leader” in its Magic Quadrant report for WAN optimization.

Gartner WAN Magic Quadrant

According to Gartner, “As WAN optimization appliances increasingly include WAN path control and local link load balancing capabilities, these products are morphing into SD-WAN solutions.”

So why is SD-WAN appearing in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN optimization? We believe WAN requirements are evolving rapidly as enterprises become more frustrated with the high cost and complexity of MPLS networking. There just hasn’t been an ability, until now, to easily leverage lower-cost Internet in a secure, controlled and optimized manner.

Silver Peak CEO David Hughes added, “We believe Silver Peak is best-positioned to help customers meet these new WAN requirements. With Dynamic Path Control, Silver Peak offers customers the most comprehensive solution today for building an SD-WAN fabric that helps enterprises migrate to an enterprise-grade WAN using hybrid or all-Internet WAN connectivity across a distributed environment.”

Two critical requirements of an SD-WAN are that it be a virtual network overlay, and that it leverages WAN path control to non-disruptively connect users with any applications over any network. Silver Peak’s portfolio of WAN solutions with its Dynamic Path Control enables customers to migrate to hybrid and potentially, all-Internet WANs in a secure and optimized manner.

Customers win in the end. They get to leverage their existing WAN investments while reducing the ever-increasing WAN costs and complexity.  This enables the enterprise to respond faster to the changing needs of their business.


[1] Gartner: Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization, March 17, 2015, Bjarne Munch, Neil Rickard

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  • korman

    SD-WAN plus hardware redundancy at the branch. I would be quick to trade in our branch routers for UnityEdge Connect appliance but can the units be deployed in a HA pair?

    • WANspeak

      EdgeConnect can indeed be deployed as a High Availability pair, with
      each instance managing tunnels across all broadband and/or MPLS