Monday, February 06, 2012

Riverbed Technology Leader in 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers

In the thought and technology leadership battle for supremacy in the WAN Optimization Controller market, Riverbed Technology is the clear leader among those in the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers (WOC). (January 2012 ID:G00219270)

Only three companies are in the Leaders portion of the magic quadrant- Riverbed Technology, Blue Coat Systems, and Silver Peak Systems. Riverbed Technology was rated both the highest in Ability to Execute, and Completeness of Vision. Silver Peak Systems and Blue Coat Systems are adjacent to each other and (noticeably) further down in the leaders quadrant. Kudos for being in the leaders section for all three! Eight products total are in the quadrant.

Cautions that may have cost Blue Coat Systems according to Gartner include – late features, management turnover, declining market share, weak softWOC.

Note - Private equity firm Thoma Bravo is acquiring Blue Coat Systems for $1.3 billion. This deal was announced in December. Thoma Bravo also owns SonicWall.

Cautions that may have cost Silver Peak Systems include - No softWOC, lacks some application-specific optimization, some video on demand limitations for remote-office caching streaming.

Strengths for Riverbed Technology mentioned by Gartner – Broadest set of capabilities in the industry, overall innovations, broad solution for dynamic browser-based applications like SharePoint.

How Do You Use Gartner Magic Quadrants?

The below is from a great Gartner piece in utilizing their Magic Quadrant.

Clients use Magic Quadrants as a first step to understanding the technology providers they might consider for a specific investment opportunity.

Keep in mind that focusing on the leaders' quadrant isn't always the best course of action. There are good reasons to consider market challengers. And a niche player may support your needs better than a market leader. It all depends on how the provider aligns with your business goals


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