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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking


The data center networking market includes diverse vendors from broad, “full stack” infrastructure suppliers to focused networking specialists, and is being driven by the adoption of cloud computing. Much of the value is moving from hardware to software, with a focus on manageability and automation.

Published: 15 July 2019

ID: G00368926

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Mike Toussaint , Jonathan Forest

Table Of Contents

Market Definition/Description

Magic Quadrant

  • Vendor Strengths and Cautions
    • Arista Networks
    • Big Switch Networks
    • Cisco
    • Cumulus Networks
    • Dell EMC
    • Extreme Networks
    • H3C
    • HPE
    • Huawei
    • Juniper Networks
    • Mellanox Technologies
    • VMware
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

  • Inclusion Criteria
  • Exclusion Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

  • Ability to Execute
    • Product or Service
    • Overall Viability
    • Sales Execution/Pricing
    • Market Responsiveness/Record
    • Marketing Execution
    • Customer Experience
    • Operations
  • Completeness of Vision
    • Market Understanding
    • Marketing Strategy
    • Sales Strategy
    • Offering (Product) Strategy
    • Business Model
    • Vertical/Industry Strategy
    • Innovation
    • Geographic Strategy
  • Quadrant Descriptions
    • Leaders
    • Challengers
    • Visionaries
    • Niche Players


  • Automation and Agility
  • DevOps
  • HCIS
  • Emerging and Future Market Drivers
  • Public Cloud Impact

Market Overview

  • Extended Market Definition
    • Typical Business Outcomes
    • Market
    • Typical Buyers
    • How Buyers Shape Their Buying Decisions
    • Deliverables
    • How Providers Package, Market and Deliver
  • Element of Data Center Networking Solutions
    • Physical Interfaces
    • Physical Topology and Switches
    • Automation and Orchestration
    • Switching/Infrastructure Management
    • Network Overlays
    • Multicloud/Hybrid Cloud

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  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision

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