Cisco dominates Vertical Systems Group’s mid-2023 SD-WAN technology LEADERBOARD

Sept. 28, 2023
The research group's new benchmark ranks SD-WAN technology suppliers based on the share of U.S. carrier-managed SD-WAN sites.

Cisco, VMware, Fortinet, Versa Networks, and HPE Aruba have attained a position on Vertical Systems Group’s first U.S. SD-WAN Technology LEADERBOARD, which ranks technology suppliers based on the share of total Carrier Managed SD-WAN sites in the U.S. powered by their SD-WAN equipment.

SD-WAN solutions for Cisco include Meraki MX and Cisco SD-WAN. VMware offers SD-WAN by VeloCloud, and Fortinet offers FortiGate. Versa’s solution is Secure SD-WAN, and HPE Aruba offers EdgeConnect SD-WAN.

This group of five SD-WAN vendors  has 5% or more of the total number of U.S. Carrier Managed SD-WAN customer sites installed and billable as of June 30, 2023. For this analysis, a site is counted once per supplier, regardless of the amount of SD-WAN equipment installed at the customer location.

These technology companies and others are suppliers of SD-WAN equipment deployed by the service providers ranked on Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-2023 U.S. Carrier Managed SD-WAN LEADERBOARD – AT&T, Comcast Business, Verizon, Hughes, Lumen, and Windstream – as well as to service providers cited in the Challenge and Market Player tiers.

“Our new benchmark measures market presence across the technology suppliers empowering enterprise-grade SD-WAN solutions in the U.S. Carrier Managed segment,” said Rosemary Cochran, Principal, Vertical Systems Group. “As the migration to managed SD-WAN solutions accelerates, technology suppliers are actively enhancing their products to keep pace while vying to integrate SASE and SSE capabilities.”

A market rising

SD-WAN is a market segment that’s on the rise.

Vertical forecast that the number of carrier-managed. According to the research group’s five-year projections, the number of U.S. SD-WAN sites is increasing annually at double-digit rates. Sites for this analysis include customer locations with billable managed SD-WAN installations from a carrier, including either a U.S. or global service provider.

A network operator manages these sites, uses an SDN architecture, enables dynamic optimization of site connectivity, and provides centralized network control with visibility end-to-end.

VSG noted that WAN Access connectivity is gaining momentum, as most managed SD-WAN networks in the U.S. utilize two or more connections per site. Connectivity choices include various media: Broadband (Cable Modem, PON, or DSL), Ethernet DIA (Dedicated Internet Access), MPLS, LTE/4G/5G, Satellite and other alternatives. 

Diverse approaches

Vendors that provide SD-WAN equipment to service providers often will offer SASE and SSE solutions.

In October 2022, MEF finalized a SASE Service Framework (MEF 117) in October 2022. However, there is no accepted industry standard for SSE.

Other service providers, including Hughes and Aryaka, deploy SD-WAN with their own internally developed SD-WAN platforms.

While SD-WAN services hold promise for service providers and vendors, security integration was cited as a top challenge in 2022 for Managed SD-WAN service providers offering two or more different SD-WAN platforms. Based on VSG’s mid-2023 research, this challenge is more technically and operationally problematic, with some providers now integrating security across as many as five or more different SD-WAN solutions.

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About the Author

Sean Buckley

Sean is responsible for establishing and executing the editorial strategies of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report across their websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products.

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