You could say we’re stretching a point here – Juniper is arguably a bigger carrier player than strictly an enterprise one – but it’s really a major player by almost any standard, teaming up with Aerohive for wireless expertise and maintaining its position as the third-biggest Ethernet switch vendor in the world, according to IDC.
While the growth in endpoints is mostly elsewhere, a huge proportion of the world’s end-user computing is still done on Microsoft machines. Couple that with growth in major cloud services like Office365 – according to identity management service Okta, O365 is the most-used cloud app to date, surpassing even Salesforce – and Microsoft still has some serious network effects.
Sitting atop the network performance management heap is NetScout, makers of the nGeniousONE NPM appliance. Like most of the specialists on the list, however, NetScout wants to broaden its horizons in this increasingly modular, automated networking environment, and the company has acquired DDoS protection vendor Arbor Networks, communications support provider Tektronix and parts of competitor Fluke Networks from Danaher Corporation in a $2.3 billion deal finalized this summer. NetScout’s avowed intent is to expand its offerings, in an attempt to replicate its success in large-scale network performance management.
The challenger to Check Point’s champion, although some would say it’s the other way around – in any case, Palo Alto is either the No. 2 or No. 1 enterprise firewall company in the market right now, depending on whom you ask, and Seeking Alpha reports that its consumer base has grown by more than a third during the course of 2015.
Like F5, Riverbed is the king of its particular hill – in this case, WAN optimization. And although Riverbed continues to try and branch (get it) out, in the wake of a 2014 go-private deal, the company’s core business remains WAN optimization, for which it’s been recognized as a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader for eight straight years. The company “rebooted, reorganized and refocused,” Paul O’Farrell (SVP and General Manager of the SteelHead and SteelFusion business unit) told Network World recently, and its diversification saw it showing off APM solutions – provided in part by its 2012 acquisition of Opnet Technologies – at this year’s VMworld conference.
While it lags behind rival AT&T in terms of enterprise ISP market share in the U.S., it doesn’t lag by much – and by partnering with Cisco to offer an advanced new software-defined WAN service, Verizon could well be on its way to reversing the trend.
One of the companies most at the heart of the cloud revolution, VMware is still a central player in present-day enterprise computing. The virtualization pioneer’s management capabilities and diversified product offerings mean that you’ll be dealing with its effects on the network for some time to come. The company talked up its more than 700 customers for the NSX network virtualization platform at the latest VMworld conference.