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Cool Network Vendors 2017

by Andrew Lerner  |  April 18, 2017  |  Submit a Comment

Every year, we publish Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking to highlight lesser-known vendors doing cool things in the networking market. Coolness is certainly subjective, and my wife (or anyone who knew me in high school) would argue that I am no authority on the topic, but for me coolness is the ability to solve challenges in an innovative way. This years’ crop of cool vendors includes new approaches to improve network availability and/or agility. These vendors align with the necessary shift in networking to evolve/transform networks from fragile to agile (we call this Netops2.0). This year, we cover Apstra, FixStream, SnapRoute and Veriflow, and take a retrospective look at Appcito (Acquired by A10).

  • Apstra provides Intent-based networking software that improves network agility and availability for data center networks.
  • FixStream provides software that correlates how apps work in relation with one another, improving troubleshooting and planning.
  • SnapRoute provides modular network features and a Network Operating System, which can reduce code-bloat.
  • Veriflow provides network software to reduce downtime affiliated with configuration changes, via formal mathematical verification.

Many mainstream enterprises are risk averse when it comes to their network vendor selections, but it is wise to invest appropriate resources to evaluate new vendors/technologies that can provide a competitive advantage (appropriately weighted against the risk affiliated with less-established providers).  Further, in reality, no vendor/product is really that safe.  Large incumbent vendors discontinue established products all the time. Even vendors perceived as large/safe aren’t always so…last year at this time, Avaya and Brocade would’ve been thought of as established and “safer” networking vendors, and both are undergoing major corporate changes that impact their networking portfolios.

Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking, 2017
Summary: I&O leaders responsible for networking must transform their networks from fragile to agile to facilitate digital business initiatives. The vendors in this research provide innovative ways to improve network agility, increase network availability and optimize costs within enterprise networks.

Side Note:  I live in Florida and down here, Yeti Coolers are definitely cool (image courtesy



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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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