Gartner Research

Decision Point for Choosing a Data Center Networking VXLAN Architecture

Published: 31 August 2020

ID: G00467376

Analyst(s): Simon Richard

Summary

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

Alternatives

  • 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

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