Gartner Research

Building Data Center Networks in the Digital Business Era

Published: 19 December 2017

ID: G00346492

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Andrew Lerner


This research describes best practices for I&O leaders seeking to build data center networks that are highly available and agile to support digital initiatives and cloud architectures over the next five years.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Align Data Center Networking Investments With Application Placement Strategies
  • Build a Rightsized Physical Infrastructure by Using a Leaf/Spine Design Based on Fixed-Form Factor Switches and 25/100G Interfaces
    • Leaf/Spine
    • Contrarian View for Leaf/Spine
    • Fixed-Form Factor Switches
    • 25/100G
    • Change Refresh Cycles
  • Attain Vendor Independence by Decoupling Data Center Network Configuration From Hardware
  • Optimize Data Center Networking Availability
    • Design for Failure
    • Analytics and AIOps
  • Future-Proof Investments by Choosing Solutions That Can Extend Capabilities Into the Public Cloud

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