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The 50 Hottest Software-Defined Data Center Vendors Of 2020

From industry titans Cisco Systems and VMware to startups IP Infusion and TidalScale, CRN breaks down the most important software-defined data center vendors in 2020 who are transforming the industry.

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The 50 Software-Defined Data Center Leaders

Next-generation software-defined storage, serverless computing, automation and Kubernetes innovation are enabling data centers to become more adaptable and efficient.

The need to reduce complexity and increase ROI is leading to revolutionary data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software, software-defined networking (SDN) and open-source management of containerized applications, all of which are changing the way enterprises manage their IT infrastructure.

Markets like hyper-converged infrastructure are exploding through the need to consolidate data center complexity through software, which is leading to serious market consolidation. Large vendors are gobbling up software-focused data center standouts such as SDN innovators Avi Networks, Big Switch Networks, Cumulus Networks and CloudGenix. Although some businesses are shifting their IT budgets toward cloud infrastructure services as an alternative to data center hardware and software, the need for software-defined data centers is key for many enterprises.

Here is CRN’s list of the 50 vendors who are leading the software-defined data center industry in 2020.

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