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SDxCentral Releases 2018 Next-Gen Data Center Networking Report announces the availability of a new report: The 2018 Next-Gen Data Center Networking Report.

Cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), and network virtualization have radically changed the way data centers are networked. Continued adoption of public and private clouds, coupled with business requirements for handling massive amounts of media data and big data analytics are driving new network architectures and approaches.

As cloud providers compete, they've driven down operational and capital expense through the use of white box solutions combined with open-source and open API software-based networking solution. Even traditional networking companies are developing software management platforms and brite/white-box networking platforms to respond to the need for scale and software agility.

The 2018 edition of our report examines new advances in data center networking, covering the role of SDN and Network Virtualization, intent-based networking, programmability and P4, white box and open hardware developments, advancements in networking at the large cloud providers such as FaceBook, Microsoft and Google, and new advances in network fabrics including PCIe switching. Other developments in key open-source organizations such as Open Compute Project (OCP) and Linux Foundation are also examined for their impact and contribution to data center networking.

The report includes results from a survey conducted by SDxCentral's research team with select members of the SDxCentral community. This report is complimentary and available for download at Vendors who are interested in participating in future versions of this report or other reports published by can contact us at

Report Table of Contents

  • Next-gen Data Centers Business and Technology Drivers
  • Changing Role of IT with Ramifications on Network Operations
  • Technology Landscape Implications on Data Center Network Design, Operations
  • Cloud Drives Next-gen Data Center Networking Changes
  • Next-gen Data Center Networking Trends and Evolution
  • Network Scalability and Performance
  • Virtualization and Containerization
  • Open Hardware's Role in Next-Gen Data Center
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Automation and Network Programmability
  • SDN Controllers in Next-gen Data Center Networking
  • Programmability Beyond SDN
  • Intent-Based Networking - The New "Hot" in Networking?
  • Network Monitoring and Security
  • Hybrid Cloud and Edge Computing
  • Relevant Standards and Industry Initiatives for Next-gen Data Center Networking
  • OCP (Open Compute Project) and TIP (Telecom Infra Project)
  • Big Switch, Canonical, Cumulus
  • FaceBook
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Google
  • Linux Foundation
  • Next Generation Data Center Networking Survey
  • Data Center Networking Technologies Today
  • Looking Ahead in Next-gen Data Center Networking
  • Next-gen Data Center Networking Report Products

Covered Companies and Organizations

A10 Networks, Accton Technology, Apstra, Arista Networks, Barefoot Networks, Big Switch Networks, Ciena, Cisco, Cumulus Networks, Dell EMC, Ericsson, Extreme Networks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Inocybe Technologies, IP Infusion, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, Mellanox Technologies, Netronome, Nokia, Nuage Networks, Open Compute Project (OCP), OpenCryptoTrust (OpenCT), Plexxi, Pluribus Networks, Pulse Secure, QCT (Quanta Cloud Technology), Radisys, Red Hat, VMware, Wind River, and ZTE Corporation.

Published Tuesday, April 03, 2018 11:39 AM by David Marshall
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