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The Data Center Networking MQ is here

by Andrew Lerner  |  April 24, 2014  |  1 Comment

The 2014 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking published today. There has been a ton of disruption and change in the data center over the past decade or so, and even more so in networking over the past 2-3 years.

After a period of relative stability in data center networking for a decade+, changing traffic patterns and the need for increased networking agility has driven the introduction of fabrics, SDN, programmability and even disaggregation in a just a few years.

Differentiation is clearly trending towards software as provisioning, orchestration, integration, and policy are increasingly important in the modern data center (not to mention that many vendors now use the same silicon in portions of their hardware portfolio).  That said, differentiation can come in other forms as well including hardware, support and of course price…

A few snippets from the report.

  • There are 12 vendors included in the MQ.
  • There is 1 new vendor versus last year, and 1 that has been acquired.
  • 11 of the 12 vendors reside in either the niche (6) or visionary (5) quadrants.
  • The lack of leaders is a clear reflection of the disruption and change in the data center and that no single vendor (to date) is a clear-cut leader in meeting the broad set of customer challenges.
  • 3 of the vendors are (or were) involved in acquisition efforts over the past 12 months.
  • Last but not least, 1 of the vendors does not make switches….

Happy reading…Andrew

Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking


Category: networking  sdn  

Tags: alcatel-lucent  arista  avaya  brocade  cisco  dcmq  dell  extreme  hp-huawei  ibm  juniper  magic-quadrant  vmware  

Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
4 years at Gartner
19 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio

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