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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking


The data center networking market is evolving rapidly. Simplicity and agility are of increasing importance for networking and data center architects, but availability remains paramount. Enterprises should evaluate the different vendor approaches and architectures, with a particular focus on software-related capabilities.

Published: 11 May 2015

ID: G00264124

Analyst(s): Mark Fabbi , Andrew Lerner

Table Of Contents

Market Definition/Description

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • What's Changed?
    • Vendor Acquisitions
    • Differentiation Shifting Toward Software
    • SDN Garners Mainstream Interest
    • SDN Overlays
    • White-Box and Disaggregated Switching
    • Open Networking
    • Converged Infrastructure/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
    • HP
    • Huawei
    • Juniper Networks
    • Lenovo
    • 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


Market Overview

Gartner Recommended Reading

  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision

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