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Uncool Networking Vendors

by Andrew Lerner  |  April 1, 2017  |  Submit a Comment

This year I’m excited to announce that the Gartner networking research team will be piloting a new type of research. While you may be familiar with our Cool Vendors series of research, we’ve decided to try something new this year focusing on Uncool Vendors. Luckily, enterprise networking is one of the areas where we are piloting this new research type, and I’m honored and excited to be the guinea pig….

Gartner Senior Vice President Peter Sondergaard reiterated the excitement for the new research:  “We are very excited about this new form of research, I know Andrew and being uncool comes very natural to him, so there is no better person to pilot this..”.  Even popular country music group Florida Georgia Line chimed in on the topic in their latest single, “May We All”, saying “Nothin’ ain’t cool ’till you wear the new off“.

This year’s report will focus heavily on the WAN including innovations in X.25 and NetBeui. Here’s a snippet from the report profiling the vendor Slooflirpa:

Slooflirpa – While SDWAN has ushered innovation into managing wide area networks, it remains a challenge to plug the correct cable into the right interface at a given location.  That’s why we are profiling Slooflirpa (pronounced Su-per-flu-us) who specializes in Drone technology. Specifically, Slooflirpa’s drones are dispatched to the customer site and can configure the physical in-branch cabling according to instructions generated from an intent-based manifest. The real difference for Slooflirpa is the vendor’s architecture. Slooflirpa is privately-held, and headquartered in Columbia, MD.


Take care have a great April Fools’ Day (image courtesy of

Regards, Andrew Lerner

Note: Blog and Research Coming Soon on the 2017 Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking

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Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio

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