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Data center networking continues to evolve, with increasing choices for open and disaggregated network solutions, while other vendors aim for more closed, proprietary systems. Enterprises should evaluate different vendor approaches and architectures, with a particular focus on software capabilities.
Table of Contents
- Differentiation Shifting Toward Software
- SDN Garners Mainstream Interest, but Limited Deployments
- SDN Overlays
- White-Box, Disaggregated Switching and Open Networking
- Integrated Systems
- What Is Required in New Data Center Networks?
- Simplified Networks With Improved Agility
- Changing Size and Density
- Changing Application Architectures
- Long-Term Innovation and Choice
- Migration and Investment Protection
- What's Changed?
Vendor Strengths and Cautions
- Arista Networks
- Extreme Networks
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Juniper Networks
- New H3C Group
Vendors Added and Dropped
- Vendor Strengths and Cautions
Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
Ability to Execute
Completeness of Vision
- Niche Players
- Ability to Execute
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