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Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant

by Andrew Lerner  |  May 12, 2015  |  2 Comments

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:

  •  Arista
  • Avaya
  • Brocade
  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • Extreme
  • HP
  • Huawei
  • Juniper
  • Lenovo
  • VMware

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,

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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Tags: arista  avaya  brocade  cisco  dell  extreme  hp  hp-huawei  juniper  lenovo  magic-quadrant  vmware  

Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 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

Thoughts on Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant

  1. Ron Thomas says:

    Your article is a little misleading, You talk of several areas under the header Data Center Networking and say that Cisco and Arista are “leaders” but you also mention SDN which perhaps I agree Arista is a leader in but Cisco most definitely not. Their ACI is anything but open and everyone in the market place knows it and recognizes it. I would suggest that SDN be listed separately as Cisco is using your article and the 2015 Quadrant to tout that they are a leader across the board to include SDN. We at Dell are doing far more than Cisco to foster true SDN open-networking. I am a former Cisco AE as well as Extreme and now work for Dell Networking where we are advancing SDN in leaps and bounds.

    • Andrew Lerner says:

      Ron,  Thanks for reading. I certainly don’t agree with your comment that this is misleading, but appreciate the feedback. I would recommend reading the entire research note to get the full picture of the market. We are very aware of what Dell, Cisco, Arista and others are doing in the market to solve current and emerging customer requirements. 

      Regards, Andrew

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