Gartner Research

Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking

Published: 16 May 2016

ID: G00278427

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Mark Fabbi , Danilo Ciscato

Summary

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

  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision

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