Gartner Names Cisco as a Leader in 2020 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure

Global research advisory company Gartner has named Cisco as this year’s leader for helping businesses of all sizes leverage its solutions to accelerate their journey to the cloud in a secure and reliable manner.

Cisco, is proud to announce that they have been named as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a rich culmination of research in a specific market that gives stakeholders a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the technology market’s competitors. The series relies on proprietary qualitative data analysis methods to demonstrate market trends like direction, vision, maturity and participants. With over ten years of experience and expertise under their belt, Gartner Magic Quadrant has been an appreciable resource used to showcase quality work and advancements within the technology industry.

Cisco is therefore honoured to be named this year’s Leader for WAN Edge Infrastructure for its SD-WAN technology. Gartner estimates Cisco has more than 30,000 SD-WAN customers as its operations are global, with clients across all verticals and sizes. Cisco Systems continues to help businesses of all sizes accelerate their journey to the cloud in a secure manner and achieve a necessary degree of business resiliency in the age of the Next Normal.

Cisco’s WAN Edge solutions enables their customers to seamlessly migrate toward a Secure Access Services Edge (“SASE”) architecture, delivering real business value for businesses during times of change and uncertainty. Throughout these months, digital services have shown themselves to be critical in times of distress; such as government-mandated shutdowns and environmental disaster. Their unique SASE offering is meant to help business, both big and small, navigate these uncharted waters and is based on thirty years of continuous innovation in this space.

“Cisco understands how networking and security needs are rapidly shifting within the South African landscape. Important transformations, such as moving business-critical applications to the cloud, automating factory operations, or offering consumer mobile services, must be underpinned with effective SASE architectures.” Says Garsen Naidu, General manager, Cisco, Sub Saharan Africa. Cisco is therefore dedicated to helping their customers and partners, achieve this with the following.

Cisco SD-WAN

Cisco offers one of the best in software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN). Their solutions provide their consumers with secure access, the best user experience, and end to end visibility when connecting to cloud applications—while also reducing costs. Features such as transport independence that includes 5G helps connect businesses to the cloud, while true zero-touch provisioning simplifies setup and lowers operating costs. Cisco also offers an unmatched set of service offerings around the globe to ensure customers and partners receive the right level of support to generate a strong ROI from their deployment.  Cisco SD-WAN gives customers the flexibility, visibility and control they need to ensure long-term success.

Cisco Security

Cisco is a leading provider delivering cloud security and multifactor authentication solutions that help form a SASE architecture. Their cloud-delivered security service has been rapidly expanding as result of the market shifts.

Cisco Umbrella, for example, simplifies network security by helping customers secure internet access and control cloud app usage across their network, branch offices, and roaming users. Umbrella unifies DNS-layer protection, secure web gateway, firewall, and cloud access security broker (CASB) functionality, enabling you to deliver the right level of security anywhere your users work.

Businesses can also proactively reduce the risk of a data breach with Cisco’s Duo adaptive multi-factor authentication (MFA). With this zero-trust network access solution, customers can verify users’ identities, gain visibility into every device accessing the network, and enforce adaptive policies to secure every application.

A Long-Term, Trusted Partner

Cisco’s efforts and experience have shown that they continue to lead in both networking and security. They provide industry leadership with a unified SD-WAN and cloud security offer to help their customers achieve better business resiliency and simplify their journey to SASE architectures. Multiple businesses trust their products and company to build their digital foundations. These efforts have earned Cisco a reputation as a long-term, trusted partner. The corporation is excited and grateful that their work continues to be recognized.

Check out Cisco SD-WAN today and begin your journey to a SASE architecture!