BOISE, Idaho – Dec. 18, 2018 – Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered 4G and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today announced it is one of twenty vendors positioned within Gartner’s inaugural Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure* report. Gartner recognized Cradlepoint as a Niche Player. In our view, Cradlepoint’s placement in the Niche Players quadrant reflects its laser focus on meeting the needs of organizations that are shifting to cellular connectivity for network reliability and business agility, and in preparing companies for the impact of Gigabit-LTE and 5G on product and service delivery.
The market for branch office wide-area network functionality is shifting from dedicated routing, security and WAN optimization appliances to feature-rich SD-WAN and vCPE platforms. Gartner states “WAN edge infrastructure now incorporates a widening set of network functions, including secure routers, firewalls, SD-WAN, WAN path control and WAN optimization, along with traditional routing functionality.” Together, these functions better enable network connectivity from distributed enterprise locations that access resources in both private and public data centers as well as cloud (as a service).
Cradlepoint targets several vertical markets, including retail, quick serve restaurants, the public sector, hospitality, healthcare, transportation and financial services. Other assets include Cradlepoint’s relationships with major network providers and its ability to provide highly-integrated, cost-optimized platforms.
“The WAN edge is evolving as enterprise and government organizations extend secure and reliable connectivity from people, places and things to private and public cloud resources,” said Todd Krautkremer, chief marketing officer at Cradlepoint. “The need for pervasive connectivity, combined with the pace of 5G and gigabit LTE roll-outs by cellular providers, will hasten wireless WAN deployments – moving wireless from niche to mainstream in the future.”
The inaugural Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure report evaluated vendors on over 15 criteria. Cradlepoint is one of 20 vendors included within the Magic Quadrant.
*Gartner “Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure” by Joe Skorupa, Andrew Lerner, Christian Canales, Mike Toussaint. 18 October 2018.
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Cradlepoint is the global leader in cloud-delivered wireless edge solutions for branch, mobile, and IoT networks. The Cradlepoint Elastic Edge™ vision—powered by NetCloud services—provides a blueprint for agile, pervasive and software-driven wireless WANs that leverage 4G and 5G services to connect people, places and things everywhere with resiliency, security, and control. More than 25,000 enterprise and government organizations around the world, including 75 percent of the world’s top retailers, 50 percent of the Fortune 100, and first responders in 10 of the largest U.S. cities, rely on Cradlepoint to keep critical branches, points of commerce, field forces, vehicles, and IoT devices always connected and protected. Major service providers use Cradlepoint wireless solutions as the foundation for innovative managed network services. Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint is a privately held company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with a development center in Silicon Valley and international offices in the UK and Australia.
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