Which tracks the SD-WAN vendors

Software-defined wide area networking, or SD-WAN, is proving popular as a method of connecting many office locations within one enterprise, and the enterprise to the cloud, or whatever it’s required to be connected to, and for providing network stability and reliability.  

Although the main list in this article considers a variety of criteria, including revenues, let’s look at some numbers first.

Media and research company IHS Market, which tracks the SD-WAN vendors which generate the most revenue quarter by quarter, says that the usual suspects are vying for the top spot in the market.

VMware, the virtualisation specialist, and Cisco, a name synonymous with networking, are the two companies consolidating the burgeoning SD-WAN market, says IHS.

The two companies made many acquisitions last year, and among them were companies which were doing quite well by themselves in the SD-WAN market.

At the beginning of the year, a company called Viptela was said by IHS to be the SD-WAN market leader, with .7 million in revenue, which was about 21 per cent of the market, in the first quarter of 2017.

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In the same quarter, Cisco was found by IHS to have generated .6 million in revenue, which was about 7 per cent of the market.

But then, by August last year, Cisco had completed the 0 million acquisition of Viptela and integrated its people and its technology into its operation.

This means Cisco has at least 28 per cent of the market and .3 million – that’s if we were to go by the figures in the first quarter of 2017.

But the numbers have changed. According to IHS Markit’s latest available calculations – for the third quarter of 2017 – VeloCloud was the market leader, with million in revenue for that quarter.

By the time that list was made, VMware had acquired VeloCloud for an undisclosed sum.

It’s probably safe to say that established companies such as Cisco, VMware and others featured in IHS Markit’s top earners list are trying not to get left behind in the race towards software-defined everything.

The so-called “white-box” or “white-label” hardware suppliers have been eating into established brand names’ market share, and there aren’t many brand names bigger in the tech sector that VMware and Cisco.


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