IBM Leads Six Quadrants in ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant Report for Software Defined Networking and Services

By: Archana Vemulapalli

Today we are pleased to receive another recognition of IBM Services leadership, this time by our world-class Network Services team. Among the global providers profiled in the July 2018 ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant Report for Software Defined Networking and Services, IBM was named a market leader in six quadrants, the most of any provider: Network Services (VAS), Managed SD-Wan Services, Manages WAN Services, SD-Wan Services, SD-Wan Equipment and Services, and SDN Services.

The report cited IBM’s unrivaled global footprint of locally-owned companies that is a well-established, known quantity for network and technology infrastructure, integration and operation services, both in the U.S. and across the globe.

The ISG report also noted that IBM “…has a strong visionary approach to SDN and SD-WAN and is putting renewed focus on building out its network engineering, integration and innovation services within its Global Technology Services group.” Furthermore, “IBM has a strong portfolio of its own network, service and security solutions but also has built and is expanding upon a world-class partner ecosystem of major players in the SDN, SD-WAN, multi-cloud network and multi-network integration space, together with IBM consulting and project management abilities.”

As our clients increasingly focus on digital transformation for their business, IBM is ensuring the network evolves in line with our clients’ business requirements and technology growth objectives. IBM’s SDN Services help our clients develop vendor neutral SDN and SD-WAN strategies and solutions, which increase enterprise agility, flexibility, and scale. These services unleash client networks from hardware constraints by leveraging a secure, programmatic and software-driven approach.

“Existing managed LAN and WAN services, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and related technologies still form the backbone of the installed customer base and generate the majority of revenues for telco and other communications providers,” said Esteban Herrera, partner and global leader of ISG Research. “But that’s changing rapidly. Software-defined networking, along with cloud networks, are the biggest things to hit the industry in the last 30 years.”

Networks are the most critical component of an effective enterprise IT environment, and this is another example of the transformative work our Network Services professionals are doing to help our clients achieve their business goals. IBM’s leadership in Software-defined environments incorporates flexibility, automation, high availability and open standards into the enterprise, and is ultimately designed to help clients focus on innovations that will satisfy their customers and outpace their competitors long-term.

The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant Report for Software Defined Networking and Services evaluates 46 global providers across seven quadrants: mobility (4G/5G) services, network services (VAS), managed SD-WAN services, managed WAN services, SD-WAN services (DIY), SD-WAN equipment and services, and SDN services. Companion reports cover 43 providers serving the U.S. market and 60 providers serving the German market across the same quadrants.

The ISG Provider Lens Quadrant report series draws insights on service provider capabilities from focused surveys, briefings, interviews with providers, input from ISG advisors, ISG benchmarking data, and data drawn from the ISG Contracts Knowledgebase™ and ISG Engagement Database™. The series is a complement to the ISG Provider Lens Archetype reports, which offer a first-of-its-kind evaluation of providers from the perspective of specific buyer types.

About The Author

Archana Vemulapalli

General Manager, IBM Network Services

Archana Vemulapalli leads IBM's Networks Services, securely delivering agile, resilient, and intelligent networks for public and private sector clients across the globe in support of their cognitive and cloud transformation. Prior to this role, she led next-generation technology initiatives at a variety of organizations from start-ups to major consulting firms to government, including serving as... Read More