A Leader, Again: 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant WAN Edge Infrastructure

Oct 01, 2021
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I'm excited to share the news that Palo Alto Networks has been recognized as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant WAN Edge Infrastructure! Palo Alto Networks is recognized for its “Completeness of Vision” and “Ability to Execute” and is positioned as a Leader two years in a row. We believe this is a testament to our vision of offering a next-generation SD-WAN solution that is application-defined, autonomous and cloud-delivered. Both enterprises and Managed Service Providers (MSP) continue to select Prisma SD-WAN with its powerful security integrations for a complete secure access service edge (SASE) solution.

New 5G Integrated SD-WAN Appliance

Our innovation engine on SD-WAN is thriving. We recently released a new integrated 5G SD-WAN appliance. Not only is it the only 5G solution in the market that is fully integrated while offering complete SD-WAN capabilities, we have also priced our solution to avoid a second truck-roll for customers that only have LTE/4G connectivity currently in their regions. This capability was released subsequent to the submissions of this Gartner report. As a result, we are pleased to continue announcing new innovations in the market.

Enhanced AI/ML-Powered Operations

We believe that automation using AI/ML will transform the economics of operating the WAN. Per Gartner, “By 2025, 40% of enterprises with SD-WAN deployments will use artificial intelligence (AI) functions to automate Day 2 operations, compared with fewer than 5% in 2021.” Prisma SD-WAN customers have seen up to 99% reduction in trouble-tickets and have dramatically increased the productivity of networking teams by using our artificial intelligence operations for IT (AIOps) capabilities. As part of the Prisma SD-WAN 5.6 release, we have added AIOps enhanced dashboards that provide rich telemetry of network insights, including Chatops and ServiceNow integrations, allowing admins to automate traditional manual tasks. With our ML-powered event correlation and analysis engine, we are committed to “putting- sand-in-the-feet” of the network administrators to ease the pain of Day-2 operations.

Industry’s Most Complete SASE Solution

Gartner states, “By 2024, more than 70% of SD-WAN customers will have implemented a secure access service edge (SASE) architecture, compared with 40% in 2021.” I’m proud to say that Palo Alto Networks has the most complete SASE solution with powerful integrations across Prisma SD-WAN and Prisma Access. With Prisma SD-WAN 5.6, you get consistent Digital Experience Management (DEM) across the home, mobile and branch locations, one-click integration of security with your SD-WAN deployments and an integrated commercial SASE offer. As the industry’s most complete SASE solution, Palo Alto Networks is the only vendor that has both its cloud-delivered security solution and SD-WAN solution recognized as a “Leader” in the relevant Gartner Magic Quadrant reports (Network Firewall and WAN Edge Infrastructure).

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Gartner, Magic Quadrant WAN Edge Infrastructure, 20 September 2021, Jonathan Forest | Naresh Singh

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, 9 November 2020

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