On the basis of the latest published Gartner’s first Magic Quadrant (MQ) report for the WAN Edge, it has been noticed that more than 60 percent of SD-WAN vendors, along with a few subsets are inclusive to the MQ. They may not be counted under SD-WAN MQ, but all the covered vendors label themselves in SD-WAN’s.
Consolidated and well-known independent analysts are now covering specific markets alongside many large research houses. As a result, many firms have gained prominence; even Fortune 500 and Global 2000 are now looking into the Gartner MQ for deciding their key technology purchases. With many SD-WAN vendors in the MQ, we can derive conclusions that the North American market has historically reached a 60 percent of WAN edge solution purchase with DIY deployments for managing services globally. The largest enterprises are DIY buyers, implying that Vendors with the DIY approach are stronger in the go-to-market with their placement depending on MQ’s. Vendors who prefer to have a partnership with carriers for managed offerings this cannot be implied. DIY is highly favored by larger enterprises. But because of the complexity in SD-WAN, many organizations prefer to go the managed route, with direct Internet access through 3G/4G/LTE/5G and MPLS as and when required. Most of the enterprises don’t incline towards different carriers for providing multiple connectivity options.
The overall analysis by the Gartner MQ covers the historical immediate view of today with observations that the SD-WAN market is a predominantly managed offering from the edge to the core.