It's Time to Rethink Your Data Center Network Software

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Summary

Along with software-defined networking initiatives, organizations should evaluate and prefer network vendors that offer simpler, tailored software for their data center networks. Networking personnel can use this research to improve data center availability and reduce cost.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • New networking solutions are emerging that provide simplified and optimized software, and offer network designers more choices
    • The requirement for high availability in the data center should drive network leaders to re-evaluate existing overfeatured, one-size-fits-all software approach to networking software
      • Aging, Bloated Code Lowers Availability
      • Enabling Overengineering
      • Foundational Network Blocks
    • The Contrarian View
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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