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….
Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking
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