VMware  Continues as  a Visionary  in  2018  Gartner Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant  


We are excited to announce that for the fifth  year  in  a row, VMware has achieved the position of visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, which is defined as…understanding where the data center market is going and having a vision for changing market rules.


Five Years!  That’s  a long time  in technology!  During that  time, we’ve all seen the  rise of public  cloud  providers and massive shifts in cloud constructs and cloud management platforms. Application development trends  have gone from  monolith to virtual machines to containers and micro-services  to  serverless functions and events.  Application components are getting smaller, data center edges are disappearing, management platforms  are becoming more flexible and  the basic requirements of networking and security have remained the same – connect and protect applications and data.   Only applications and data are now constantly changing with agile development practices and multi-cloud strategies and the VMware networking portfolio is evolving to make sure they stay connected and protected!


For evidence, look at our recently announced vision for the Virtual Cloud Network.



The foundation of that vision for a networking  industry transition to software was started  by VMware  with virtual switching,  expanded into the data center with the groundbreaking  VMware NSX network virtualization platform, and is now powering software-based networks  from data center to cloud to branch to edge for our enterprise  and service provider customers.  We’ve led this transition by defining network virtualization; by creating an entire industry movement around micro-segmentation;  and by continually evolving NSX capabilities to provide advanced software-based networking and security capabilities.   


But the VMware networking portfolio has grown to be so much more than NSX for vSphere, supporting  applications running in leading public clouds like AWS and Azure, and on platforms such as Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and Pivotal Application Service, Red Hat Openshift,  and Kubernetes. In addition, we’re driving innovation in application-level security with VMware  AppDefense,  redefining the network edge with VMware NSX SD-WAN by  VeloCloud, securing application migration with  VMware  NSX Hybrid  Connect and providing complete network visibility and management with VMware  vRealize  Network  Insight to help customers with this transition.



We are confident that as more and more enterprises embrace digital transformation and cloud-native development practices, the VMware vision for connecting and securing applications and data in an increasingly multi-platform and multi-cloud environment will become the industry standard.  With the portfolio VMware offers today and products in development,  VMware is the only vendor who can meet this need by providing  a ubiquitous, context-aware, software networking layer that spans from data center to cloud to edge, regardless of location or the underlying physical infrastructure.


We’re proud to have created the market for software-defined networking, for validating the business value of networking in software through thousands of customers and partners globally, and for establishing a vision for the Virtual Cloud Network that will carry our industry into the next 20 years. We invite you to hear more about the VMware Virtual Cloud Network vision by clicking here or by reaching out to your VMware partner or rep.