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Gartner’s Data Center And Cloud Networking Magic Quadrant Leaders

Here are the 11 data center and cloud networking leaders, challengers and visionaries in the world today, according to Gartner’s new Magic Quadrant.

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Leader: Cisco

The San Jose, Calif.-based longtime data center networking leader takes the top spot for execution on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, while ranking fourth for vision. Cisco offers arguably the largest networking portfolio in the industry including fabric management via Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) or Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), Nexus switches, and associated tools including Network Assurance Engine (NAE) and Network Insights. Gartner estimates that Cisco has around 45,000 enterprise customers worldwide. This year, Cisco has pulled the trigger on some major acquisitions as well as executive changes.

Strength: Cisco vision to improve analytics and automation aligns to emerging customer requirements, while it covers nearly all usage scenarios such as advanced routing and ultra-low-latency switching. The company has a massive global install base.

Weakness: The company’s solutions are more expensive than most competitors, based on Gartner inquiry and assessment of per-port costs.

 
 
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