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Here's Who Made Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant For Data Center Networking

Market researcher Gartner lays out the strengths and weaknesses of the 13 vendors ruling the data center networking market in 2016.

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Data Center Networking Is Evolving

Data center networking is rapidly evolving after years of stability because of increasing open and disaggregated network solutions, along with new technologies aimed toward simplifying and improving network operations to align them more closely with business goals and agility.

Vendors are shifting toward differentiation in software rather than hardware as software-defined networking (SDN) begins to garner mainstream interest in 2016, according to market researcher Gartner lead analyst Mark Fabbi, who wrote Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking.

"You have SDN, automated fabrics is really picking up, and you've got the whole open networking phenomenon with brite-box [switching]," said Fabbi, in an interview with CRN. "There's not necessarily one solution that fits everybody. There's differentiation between the vendors and how they approach the marketplace. … We're not ready to declare final winners or losers yet -- there's still market shifts to be had."

A total of 13 vendors made this year's Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, including tech giants Cisco, Huawei, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell. CRN lays out Gartner's report in the following slideshow.

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