Gartner Research

Decision Point for Choosing a Data Center Networking VXLAN Architecture

Published: 31 August 2020

ID: G00467376

Analyst(s): Simon Richard


Optimizing the agility and network segmentation benefits of VXLANs requires solutions with suitable scalability and manageability. This research guides I&O technical professionals in choosing the VXLAN architecture that best fits their needs for data center networking.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
    • Single Vendor Alignment and Support Requirements
    • Cloud and DevOps Transformations
    • Open and Standard Requirements
    • Insourcing vs. Outsourcing (Reliance on Contractors)
    • Overlapping Initiatives
  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Requirements
    • Constraints


  • Basic EVPN (Without a Management Platform)
  • EVPN With a Management Plane
  • Head End Replication (HER)
  • Software-Based Controller
  • Integrated Hardware-Based Controller

Future Developments

  • SONiC: An Open-Source, Open-Networking Operation System

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.