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Cisco and HP Named Leaders in Wireless LAN Vendor Scorecard, Announces IHS

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Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS (August 5, 2015)—IHS (NYSE: IHS) today released excerpts from its 2015 IHS Infonetics WLAN Infrastructure Vendor Scorecard, which profiles and analyzes the 5 top revenue producers of enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) infrastructure: Aerohive, Cisco, HP, Ruckus and Zebra

“Consolidation in the WLAN market has bifurcated the vendor landscape into end-to-end networking providers that can address the whole range of enterprise networking requirements, such as Cisco andHP, and WLAN specialists like Aerohive, Ruckus and Zebra that focus on a particular niche or new ways of solving old problems,” said Matthias Machowinski, research director for enterprise networks and video at IHS.   

“Specialists drive innovation, but once their period of hypergrowth is over, they must have a long-term plan to compete against much larger and entrenched vendors. Meanwhile, end-to-end networking providers can leverage the completeness of their portfolio and their installed base, but they cannot become complacent in their success—they must continue developing or acquiring new technology,”Machowinski said. 


  • The incumbent in networks around the world, Cisco has rock-solid fundamentals and positive feedback from enterprise buyers that will assure its dominant position in the years to come
  • HP’s strong brand and existing portfolio, coupled with the acquisition of Aruba, strengthens its position as a preferred provider of end-to-end networking solutions
  • Aerohive has been riding the controller-less WLAN wave to great success, and expanded partnerships will help it keep up momentum
  • Ruckus has rock-solid financials and a differentiated hardware platform, and partnerships will help it compete for unified access deals
  • Zebra’s focus on asset tracking puts it in a position to create a highly-differentiated tracking solution that generates WLAN pull-through sales


The only report of its kind, the 2015 IHS Infonetics WLAN Infrastructure Vendor Scorecard evaluates the leading WLAN vendors on criteria using actual data and metrics, including market presence (market share, financials, solution breadth and buyer feedback on product reliability and service/support) and market momentum (market share momentum, next-gen intensity, buyer feedback on vendors’ technology innovation). This approach eliminates subjectivity and ensures vendors are assessed accurately and fairly. The report includes a Leadership Landscape Graph that classifies vendors as “Leader,” “Established” or “Challenger” based on their scores in these criteria, as well as detailed vendor profiles. 

IHS is publishing 15 vendor scorecards in 2015 on markets ranging from telecom and enterprise networking equipment to carrier WiFi, network security, LTE infrastructure, cloud unified communications and more. To purchase reports, please, or learn more about the scorecards at


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IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of insight, analytics and expertise in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 150 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs about 8,800 people in 32 countries around the world.

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