Gartner Magic Quadrant: Riverbed Continues to Lead WOC Market, but with Uneven Execution


Gartner recently released the 2015 Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers (WOC). In the report, Gartner says that Riverbed continues to lead the market with the broadest capabilities of any WOC. Included are features for large branch networks, data center replication and storage networking protocols, and single remote users, combined with unmatched ease of installation and management and best-in-class presales and postsales support.

However, buyers should be aware that Riverbed's discounting policies can be inflexible and inconsistent on large deals, sometimes resulting in much-higher prices compared with other WOC vendors. While Riverbed's Granite can provide highly differentiated capabilities for demanding workloads, it has not yet achieved a high degree of visibility in the broad market.

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