In recent times, the rapid proliferation of wireless devices has largely influenced work environments, as well as, people’s work habits. Wi- Fi being an absolute necessity in offices and public spaces, wireless LAN (or WLAN) equipments—primarily constituting consumer WLAN and enterprise networks—has turned into a key market for telecommunication and networking hardware vendors. Taking networking a step ahead, intent-based network, today, is firmly poised to be a compelling platform that shifts networking topology from legacy hardware to a more agile, software-defined implementation. Despite being in its nascent stages of evolution, intent-driven networking systems are foreseen to become smarter and more predictive with advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
In addition to the significant breakthroughs in networking, there also persists an escalating concern pertaining to network-security issues for today’s digital organizations. Gartner predicts the cyber-security market to steadily cross $100 billion in 2020 from $76 billion in 2015. And taking advantage, numerous point-products and solutions are flooding the market and solution providers are constantly striving to make enterprise networks more secure without adding too many controls or slowing the network.
To address an ever-increasing spectrum of challenges facing tomorrow’s enterprise networking, the present era is observing a significant influx in number of vendors who are impacting every facet of enterprise network–every vertical and every sized business, from the edge to the core. However, a few amongst them have essentially separated themselves from the pack to come out as the 25 most powerful and proficient ones, capable of tackling contemporary business demands. Along these lines, we, the Editorial Board of APAC CIO Outlook, present to you this year’s "Top 25 Networking Solution Providers", who are at the forefront in terms of core networking, monitoring and management, WLAN, the edge and even beyond.