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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking


Network solutions for enterprise data centers are evolving to support better agility and cloud architectures. Enterprise I&O leaders should evaluate multiple vendors, and focus on comparing architectures, software features and infrastructure integration capabilities, not hardware specifications.

Published: 03 July 2017

ID: G00309507

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

Table Of Contents

Market Definition/Description

  • Market Dynamics
  • What's Changed?
    • Vendors' Landscape Evolution and Market Consolidation
  • Market Direction
    • The CLI Is Dead; the API Is Cool
    • Value Continues to Shift Toward Software
    • Fabrics Are the New Normal
    • Analytics and Intent-Based Networking
    • Open Networking
    • Disaggregation/Brite Box
    • HCISs
    • Containers

Magic Quadrant

  • Vendor Strengths and Cautions
    • Arista Networks
    • Big Switch Networks
    • Cisco
    • Cumulus Networks
    • Dell EMC
    • Extreme Networks
    • HPE
    • Huawei
    • Juniper Networks
    • Lenovo
    • NEC
    • New H3C Group
    • VMware
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

  • Honorable Mentions

Evaluation Criteria

  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision
  • Quadrant Descriptions
    • Leaders
    • Challengers
    • Visionaries
    • Niche Players


Market Overview

  • Extended Market Definition

Gartner Recommended Reading

  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision

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