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The new Magic Quadrant focuses on business issues related to wired and wireless LAN access infrastructure

At a glance:

  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Network portfolio evaluated as a Visionary in latest Gartner wired and wireless LAN Magic Quadrant (MQ)
  • Visionaries have innovated in one or more key area of access layer technologies (e.g., convergence, security, management or operational efficiency)
  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Application Fluent Network (AFN)  vision shows innovation in Access layer technologies such as convergence, security, management and operational efficiency

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise today announced that market research firm Gartner, Inc. placed Alcatel-Lucent in the Visionaries quadrant of its report, “Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure” published June 13, 2012 and authored by Tim Zimmerman and Mark Fabbi.

As stated in the report, “A vendor in the Visionaries quadrant has demonstrated the ability to increase the features in its offering to provide a unique and differentiated approach to the market. A Visionary will have innovated in one or more key area of access layer technologies (e.g., convergence, security, management or operational efficiency).”

New this year, the Unified Access category is the result of recognizing that, “Connectivity at the edge of an enterprise network is more than just a wired or wireless LAN infrastructure. Enterprises must choose infrastructure vendors that support network services, including security and management, and can integrate wired and wireless networking products.”

To read the complete Gartner report, please click here .

Stephane Robineau, Vice President, Networks Business, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, said “We’re very pleased to be recognized as a key player in the latest Gartner Wireless and Wired LAN Magic Quadrant. Since launching our Application Fluent Network (AFN) vision in 2010, our Network team has continuously innovated, bringing award-winning solutions to market such as recently introduced OmniSwitch 6450.

Coupling OmniSwitches with OmniAccess WLAN and OmniVista NMS product lines, Alcatel-Lucent provides intelligent and cost-effective unified access solutions to solve the network challenges such as BYOD and unpredictable bandwidth.

With the Interop 2011 Best of Show Data Center & Storage award, the new Gartner MQ position is another proof point that our AFN vision for Enterprise Networks is relevant to corporations focusing on quality of user experience and application performance as key factors to smartly transform their business.”

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