Gartner Research

Critical Capabilities for Data Center Networking

Published: 15 July 2019

ID: G00382825

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Joe Skorupa , Jonathan Forest


Within enterprise data center networks, automation and management platforms are critical to improving day-zero design, day-one configuration and day-two operations. I&O leaders can use this research to assess which vendor’s product best fits their data center networking needs.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Critical Capabilities Use-Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • Arista Networks
    • Big Switch Networks
    • Cisco
    • Cumulus Networks
    • Dell EMC
    • Extreme Networks
    • HPE
    • Huawei
    • Juniper Networks
    • Mellanox Technologies
    • New H3C Group
    • VMware
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • Switch Hardware and NOS
    • Management and Agility
    • Multivendor Integration
    • Expertise in Small Environments
    • Expertise in Large Environments
  • Use Cases
    • Midmarket Refresh/Build-Out
    • Enterprise Refresh/Build-Out
    • Agility Boost
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion Criteria

  • Critical Capabilities Rating

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