Rising data traffic and network congestion forces every operator to have a traffic management plan, including video, data, and web optimization. The commoditization of all things is at hand, and telecom equipment vendors in the Gi-LAN space are no different. Hardware performance differentiating is effectively eliminated by the x86 capture of this market segment. As a result, vendors differentiate and compete along lines, including packaging, analytics, platforms, and bundling of network elements.
Eleven vendors are covered in this assessment, including independent software only firms, hardware specialists in the Gi-LAN space, and large infrastructure vendors, with the evaluation carefully considering the value adding features and the benefits delivered by the vendors covered.