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HP Positioned as a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access, 2014

By Steve Brar, Manager, Global Product Marketing, HP Networking


Steve BrarLast week Gartner released its 2014 Wired and Wireless LAN Access Layer Magic Quadrant and I am happy to report that HP Networking is positioned in the leader’s quadrant for the third consecutive year. 



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Gartner Magic Quadrants rate vendors on “completeness of vision”, measuring on the horizontal axis with their “ability to execute”, and measuring on the vertical axis. The upper right quadrant is the leader quadrant.


HP in the Leader’s Quadrant 

HP has maintained its leadership position in a fast-moving market that has seen several key technological advancements in the past year.


In the latest report Gartner states, “the access layer market continues to evolve from two separate decisions, one being wired and the other being wireless, to a single unified access layer decision.”


HP has been on the forefront of unifying the access layer in the enterprise campus network with our unified access offerings. I believe Gartner reinforces what I have been hearing from customers, they are looking for a simple, unified way to manage their wired and wireless networks.




HP’s complete unified wired & wireless network


Beyond Speeds and Feeds 

In the Gartner report, there was one line that really struck a chord with me, “we are seeing fewer RFPs from client inquiries focusing on the speeds and feeds of access layer connectivity”


In reading that, I could see how HP’s vision is aligned with where the market is headed. I recently participated in a wireless infrastructure seminar series where I presented a session entitled, “Moving Beyond Speeds and Feeds: What's Your Wi-Fi Network Worth?”


In the session I shared HP’s portfolio of market leading innovations in unified wired & wireless technology as well as our longer term vision that combines software-defined networking (SDN) with our unified wired & wireless LAN strategy to extract more business value from the network and monetize the network.


While speeds and feeds are important, they are becoming table stakes. Customers are now looking for more value-add from their networks and want to have discussions around how the network will help their business compete and win in the marketplace.


I invite you to read more about how HP is delivering this value-add with innovative SDN solutions and new products such as our HP 5400R and Cloud-Managed Networking solution in these blogs:


Evaluate HP Networking for your next project 

HP has demonstrated solid execution and strong vision for its unified access offerings and has earned a place in the Leader’s Quadrant of the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure.


HP has been successful in helping our many customers succeed when we have a seat at the table. Take for example our recent deployment of our unified wired & wireless solutions at three stadiums for the World Cup 2014. Read more about it here in my colleague’s blog.


48 percent of Global 100 companies rely on HP Unified Wired & Wireless. So give us a chance to show you how we can help your business transform its network for the future.


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