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July 23, 2020
As all the ways organizations use data change, so do technical requirements of the data center networks.
Besides sheer capacity demands, modern networks consist of diverse sets of equipment and software; are more distributed, increasingly reaching to edge locations; and, as a result of the above and the growth of machine learning applications, (both enabled by the networks and used to manage those networks) are more complex.
Omdia analysts recently surveyed IT leaders from 140 North American enterprises, each one with at least 101 employees working in North American offices and data centers today, about the features they most want in their data center networking technology today. Based on the responses, they compiled a customer wish list of sorts.
At the top of the list, predictably, was port speed, followed by interoperability, application awareness and VM movement tracking, and support for AI:
Here are the top 12 data center network features enterprises want today, according to the Omdia Data Center Network Strategies & Leadership North American Survey - 2019: