Gartner Research

Critical Capabilities for Data Center and Cloud Networking

Published: 30 June 2020

ID: G00441714

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


This market has evolved well beyond just physical switches, as management, automation and multivendor integrations have become critically important. Infrastructure and operations leaders should use this research to determine which product best fits their specific use cases.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Critical Capabilities Use-Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • Arista (EOS/CloudVision)
    • Arista (Big Cloud Fabric)
    • Cisco (ACI)
    • Cisco (DCNM)
    • Cumulus (CL)
    • Cumulus (CX)
    • Dell EMC (Cumulus NOS)
    • Dell EMC (SmartFabric Director)
    • Extreme
    • H3C
    • HPE (Aruba)
    • Huawei
    • Juniper Networks
    • NVIDIA (Mellanox With Onyx NOS)
    • NVIDIA (Mellanox With Cumulus NOS)
    • VMware
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • Automate/Orchestrate Integrations
    • Data Center Platform Integrations
    • Expertise in Small Environments
    • Expertise in Large Environments
    • HCI Integrations
    • Management
    • Management Platform Independence
    • Public Cloud Integrations
    • Switch Hardware and NOS
  • Use Cases
    • Agility Boost
    • DevOps-Driven Organization
    • Enterprise Refresh/Build-Out
    • Hybrid Cloud/Multicloud Deployment
    • Midmarket Refresh/Build-Out
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion Criteria

Exclusion Criteria

  • Critical Capabilities Rating

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