By Mary Gabra, Manager, Market and Competitive Intelligence, HP Networking
Gartner just published one of its landmark reports in the networking industry: the Enterprise LAN Magic Quadrant. HP is placed in the leaders quadrant. This is great news! We believe it to be another proof point showing HP Networking’s ability to win the trust of large enterprises by offering innovative network infrastructure solutions that span from the core to the edge of the network. HP Networking provides enterprises networks with lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and more than 50% savings in CAPEX and maintenance cost.
Why Gartner’s Magic Quadrants are important
Gartner’s Magic Quadrants across different technology segments have become the most recognized industry analysts’ assessment of Enterprise vendors. Many large enterprises either verbally or in their RFPs acknowledge that they use that report in deciding whom to include in their short list of vendors. By the same token, magic quadrant reports have faced some criticism and bad press by vendors that are dinged. To Gartner’s credit, they have gracefully managed such criticisms and continue to publish this valuable report and command large enterprises respect.
What does it mean to be a leader?
Gartner’s definition is “a leader has demonstrated a sustained ability to meet the changing needs for mainstream LAN switching architectures. A leader also has an ability to shape the market and maintain strong relationships with its channels and customers, while offering solutions for the edge, core and data center.”
HP believes it has proven that it deserves to be placed and remain in the leaders quadrant. HP’s ability to execute is evidenced by the growing list of marquee customers that are in the global fortune 500.
Please read for yourself. And draw your own conclusions.
Finally, I would like to invite you to view the 2011 LAN Magic Quadrant Report to see for yourself who you should include in your short list for any upcoming networking projects.