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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center and Cloud Networking

Summary

Data center networks underpin cloud and cloud-inspired environments; thus, they require stability and agility. This research helps I&O leaders determine vendors’ ability to address current and future data center networking requirements.

Published: 30 June 2020

ID: G00441697

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner, Evan Zeng, Jonathan Forest

Table Of Contents

Market Definition/Description

Magic Quadrant

  • Vendor Strengths and Cautions
    • Arista Networks
    • Cisco
    • Cumulus Networks
    • Dell EMC
    • Extreme
    • H3C
    • HPE (Aruba)
    • Huawei
    • Juniper Networks
    • NVIDIA-Mellanox Technologies
    • VMware
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

  • Ability to Execute
    • Product/Service
    • Overall Viability
    • Sales Execution/Pricing
    • Market Responsiveness/Track 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

Context

Market Overview

  • Market Direction
    • Cloud-Managed Data Center Networks
    • Multicloud Networking Versus Distributed Cloud
    • SONiC as Mainstream NOS

Gartner Recommended Reading

  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision

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