We just published the 2015 Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant. This market has undergone massive innovation and change over the past few years with the emergence of fabrics, SDN, and disaggregation/brite-box, etc….after more than a decade of architectural consistency and mostly incremental innovation (3-tier core/dist/access, anyone?).
We define this market as “solutions that provide logical and/or physical network connectivity within enterprise data centers” with the foundational building blocks including both hardware and software (which can be acquired together, or independently of one another). To be included in the research, vendors must exhibit relevance to the enterprise via meeting specific inclusion criteria (i.e., $50M in product revenue, 500 paying enterprise customers, and at least 5 customers with more than 500 physical servers, etc.). The 11 vendors who meet this criteria include:
Unlike last year’s Data Center Magic Quadrant, we have leaders this year (Cisco and Arista), to go along with six visionaries and three niche players. Gartner clients can access the full research report here:
Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, https://www.gartner.com/doc/3050020
Summary: The data center networking market is evolving rapidly. Simplicity and agility are of increasing importance for networking and data center architects, but availability remains paramount. Enterprises should evaluate the different vendor approaches and architectures, with a particular focus on software-related capabilities.
Regards, Andrew Lerner
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