Gartner Research

Should You Care About Open-Source Networking?

Published: 21 August 2017

ID: G00324445

Analyst(s): Danilo Ciscato, Andrew Lerner


Open-source networking already plays a bigger role in data centers than realized, but direct enterprise use is limited. I&O leaders should ensure their teams have no misconceptions and opportunistically employ available open-source networking alternatives to help lower costs and increase agility.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • The Benefits of Open-Source Networking
  • Enterprise Adoption Is Hidden


  • Include Open-Source Alternatives Opportunistically in New Network Projects
  • Employ Next-Generation Networking Vendors Focused on Software to Get a New Perspective on Open Source
  • Reduce the Risk of Moving to Open-Source Solutions

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