Fortinet has been recognised as a Leader in the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN, marking its fourth consecutive year in this prestigious position and the only vendor to rank highest in Ability to Execute for three years in a row.
Gartner defines SD-WAN as a technology primarily used for connecting branch locations to enterprise and cloud locations, offering dynamic path selection and centralised policy orchestration. SD-WAN replaces traditional branch routers, facilitating the shift from MPLS-centric to public internet-centric WAN to support the movement of enterprise traffic from private data centers to public cloud and SaaS.
Fortinet’s consistent leadership in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN underscores its commitment to innovation and excellence in meeting the evolving needs of global enterprises in secure networking.
Fortinet’s Leadership in SD-WAN
Fortinet is a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN. Its Fortinet Secure SD-WAN product includes FortiGate physical and virtual appliances with on-premises security software licenses managed with the FortiManager Orchestrator.
Client Base: Fortinet boasts over 31,000 SD-WAN enterprise customers globally, spanning various sectors and verticals, relying on its solutions for transforming and securing their WANs.
Innovation in SD-WAN: Fortinet pioneered a security-driven networking approach with its Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, powered by the world’s only SD-WAN ASIC. This innovation has enabled clients worldwide to experience enhanced quality and simplified architecture with accelerated security, all powered by a single operating system for operational efficiencies across WAN and cloud edges.
Fortinet’s planned innovations in GenAI and “as a service” consumption models have an above-average chance of delivering game-changing capabilities to the market.
Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and Secure SD-WAN: Fortinet has pioneered the integration of ZTNA and Secure SD-WAN in a single solution without additional cost, enhancing the security posture of organisations and providing consistent quality of experience for users both inside and outside the office.
What is the Gartner Magic Quadrant?
The Gartner Magic Quadrant is an influential research tool that provides a comprehensive analysis of technology providers in various market segments, including a qualitative analysis of a market’s direction, maturity, and its participants. It is highly regarded for its depth of analysis and is often used by organisations globally to guide technology investment and vendor selection decisions. Key aspects include:
Evaluation Criteria: It evaluates companies based on two key dimensions: ‘Ability to Execute’ and ‘Completeness of Vision’.
Quadrant Categories: Companies are categorised into four quadrants – Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries, and Niche Players. Leaders: Excel in their current vision and execution, and are well-prepared for future market changes. Visionaries: Have a clear understanding or vision for the market’s future, but their execution of these ideas is not yet refined. Niche Players: Specialise in a small segment successfully or are unfocused, and do not out-innovate or outperform others. Challengers: Perform well currently, possibly leading a large market segment, but do not display an understanding of market direction.
Decision-Making Aid: It assists stakeholders in making informed decisions about technology providers and products.
Market Insight: Offers insights into market trends, direction, and maturity, helping businesses understand how different vendors are positioned in the evolving market landscape.
What is a “Leader” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant?
In the Gartner Magic Quadrant, a “Leader” is a designation given to companies that excel in both their ability to execute and their completeness of vision. This category is reserved for companies that demonstrate the following attributes:
Market Understanding and Strategy: Leaders have a deep understanding of the market and its needs. They have a clear, well-articulated strategy that aligns with current and future market trends.
Innovative Solutions and Reliability: These companies offer powerful, feature-rich products or services that are reliable and scalable. They often set the standard for new capabilities in their market segment.
Strong Sales and Visibility: Leaders typically have a significant market presence, strong sales channels, and good visibility among potential customers. They are often well-respected in the industry.
Solid Customer Base and Satisfaction: A leader has a large and satisfied customer base, which indicates that their products and services consistently meet client needs.
In essence, being named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant indicates that a company is not only a strong performer currently but is also well-positioned for the future, often driving the direction of the market. For buyers, selecting a Leader can mean choosing a vendor that offers a high degree of confidence in their product’s performance and the company’s long-term viability.
Why It Matters in Selecting an SD-WAN Vendor
The Gartner Magic Quadrant’s comprehensive evaluation process is crucial for organisations when selecting a reliable and forward-looking SD-WAN vendor.
Comprehensive Evaluation: The Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors across various criteria, ensuring organisations choose a vendor that aligns with their specific needs.
Vendor Positioning: Understanding a vendor’s position in the Magic Quadrant helps in assessing their strengths and weaknesses, enabling informed decisions.
Market Trends and Direction: The Magic Quadrant also sheds light on emerging market trends, helping organisations to choose vendors that are not only leaders today but are also well-positioned for future developments.
Fortinet’s leadership in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN highlights its robust and innovative approach in the SD-WAN market. This recognition is a testament to Fortinet’s commitment to innovation and excellence in delivering Secure SD-WAN solutions. If you’re considering to implement SD-WAN for your organisation, reach out to our Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution specialists.
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