Palo Alto Networks Hat Trick: 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN

Sep 15, 2022
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Palo Alto Networks has been recognized as a Leader for the third year in a row in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for SD-WAN! Palo Alto Networks is furthest in the Completeness of Vision, which we believe is a testament to our offering of a next-generation SD-WAN solution that is autonomous, integrated and secure. If that wasn’t reason enough to be excited, Gartner also recently recognized Palo Alto Networks with the Customers’ Choice distinction in 2022 Peer Insights™ ‘Voice of the Customer’ for WAN Edge Infrastructure for our product capabilities and customer experience.

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2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN

Modernize Your Branches with Next-Generation SD-WAN

With cloud adoption, branch simplification and superior security driving digital transformation initiatives, Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN is the industry’s first next-generation solution that provides customers with key benefits:

Exceptional End-User Experience: Prisma SD-WAN eliminates the challenges with packet-based systems by adopting an application-session-based approach, providing the ability to measure application performance in real-time and provide complete visibility from user to the application. As a result, businesses can ensure accurate traffic engineering, prioritization and application availability. Additionally, the real-time application performance visibility from the user to the application with real and synthetic traffic helps ensure SLA objectives that seamlessly deliver improved performance.

Simplified Operations with AIOps: Gartner states, “By 2025, 40% of enterprises with SD-WAN deployments will use artificial intelligence (AI) functions to automate Day 2 operations, compared with fewer than 10% in 2022.”[1] Infrastructure leaders and their teams are better equipped to troubleshoot and resolve issues quickly when they can interrogate their network anywhere, anytime. We now offer SASE innovations that integrate chatbot applications, such as Slack, to share predictive SD-WAN analytics and deep WAN insights powered by artificial intelligence (AI) with queries based on natural language processing (NLP). This virtual assistant and our natively available Autonomous Digital Experience Management (ADEM) help customers quickly gather information on network and applications’ issues, significantly decreasing user-generated IT tickets by 99%.

Improved Network Connectivity: Last year, we introduced the industry’s only active-active (dual SIM) 5G solution that’s fully integrated into a branch SD-WAN appliance. Recently, we expanded our product portfolio to include SD-Branch capabilities to help customers modernize their small to midsize branches. With a fully integrated switch and power over ethernet (POE++) ports, these new appliances can easily connect and power endpoints within the local area network.

Additionally, integrated WAN capabilities, like 5G and LTE, and the flexibility to choose copper or fiber connectivity allow customers to improve WAN availability, performance and speed. These new appliances can significantly help reduce operational complexity by eliminating multiple-point products while providing power redundancy with a built-in dual power supply that ensures network uptime and consistent connectivity.

Integrated SASE with ZTNA 2.0: Gartner states, “By 2025, 80% of enterprises will have adopted a strategy to unify web, cloud services and private application access using a SASE/SSE architecture, up from 20% in 2021.”[2] Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN natively applies best-in-class security that consistently protect branches with the superior security of ZTNA 2.0. This ensures user and application access adheres to all ZTNA 2.0 principles including continuous trust verification and security inspection for improved security outcomes. With Prisma SD-WAN, customers can extend consistent security services to their branch offices through deep integration with Prisma Access for an elegant single-vendor SASE solution or through 3rd party security services.

Best ROI with Industry’s First Flexible Licensing: Working closely with our customers, we realized they deserved an easier way of consuming SD-WAN. As a result, we revolutionized the way we package and offer our Prisma SD-WAN solution. Instead of providing a per-device subscription like all other vendors, Palo Alto Networks launched bandwidth licensing-on-demand – a flexible model for the hybrid workforce. As the industry’s first flexible consumption-based model, Prisma SD-WAN delivers an ROI of up to 243% by enabling businesses to purchase bandwidth as an aggregated pool on a per-Mbps basis that can be automatically reallocated to branches wherever and whenever needed. By right-sizing bandwidth requirements, customers can precisely allocate bandwidth, and seamlessly accommodate bandwidth updates and traffic demands.

At Palo Alto Networks, we continue to build on our leadership position with powerful innovations and a strong product strategy that help address key customer needs on time. This, combined with our steadfast commitment to providing an unparalleled customer experience at the best ROI, clearly acknowledges Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN has what it takes to help enterprises modernize their branches.

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