Riverbed is also making OPEX-based subscription pricing available as an option for the SteelHead SD, bringing it in line with other appliances.
StorageCraft is entering a market segment where other companies already play, although StorageCraft does have some interesting points of technology differentiation. The big difference though is that other vendors in this space are focused on the enterprise, while StorageCraft OneXafe is aimed at – and priced for – the midmarket.
Extreme Networks believes that the addition of AI and simplicity to the edge, the unification of campus and distributed architectures, and the choice that customers now have between an appliance and as-a-service, will make it easier for partners to have conversations with customers about business problems rather than networking challenges.
The expansion of the PSA appliances beyond their original form factor will open up new opportunities for Pulse Secure partners, particularly around LAN security regarding contractors and partners, which has become a subject of major concern, and where cloud and virtual models offer more flexibility for some use cases.