Vendors Added and Dropped
We review and adjust our inclusion criteria for Magic Quadrants and MarketScopes as markets change.
As a result of these adjustments, the mix of vendors in any Magic Quadrant or MarketScope may change over time. A vendor’s appearance in a Magic Quadrant or MarketScope one year and not the next does not necessarily indicate that we have changed our opinion of that vendor. It may be a reflection of a change in the market and, therefore, changed evaluation criteria, or of a change of focus by that vendor.
Piolink was added to the 2014 Magic Quadrant.
Fortinet was dropped because it no longer meets our revenue criteria.
Brocade, which focuses on providing scalable and high-performance solutions to organizations that operate very large networks — predominantly in the service provider segment — did not meet the requirement for 500 enterprise customers, which is part of our inclusion criteria.
We track a number of vendors that do not meet our inclusion criteria because they garner interest from the Gartner client base and/or have the potential to impact this marketplace over time. Vendors actively tracked by Gartner include Brocade, Embrane, Fortinet, IBM, jetNEXUS, Loadbalancer.org, Microsoft and VMware, and cloud-only vendors such as Akamai, AWS, Instart Logic, Lagrange Systems and Virtela (an NTT Communications company). In addition, Gartner follows open-source solutions such as HAProxy and Nginx.