Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking

Archived Published: 16 May 2016 ID: G00278427

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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

  • Market Definition/Description
    • What's Changed?
      • 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
  • Magic Quadrant
    • Vendor Strengths and Cautions
      • Arista Networks
      • Avaya
      • Brocade
      • Cisco
      • Dell
      • Extreme Networks
      • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
      • Huawei
      • Juniper Networks
      • Lenovo
      • NEC
      • New H3C Group
      • VMware
    • Vendors Added and Dropped
      • Added
      • Dropped
  • Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
  • Evaluation Criteria
    • Ability to Execute
    • Completeness of Vision
    • Quadrant Descriptions
      • Leaders
      • Challengers
      • Visionaries
      • Niche Players
  • Context
  • Market Overview
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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