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Gartner Cloud Networking Market Guide 2021

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05/18/2021 Gartner, Inc. | 4001639 Page 1 of 18 Market Guide for Cloud Networking Software Published 17 May 2021 - ID G00740639 - 26 min read By Analysts Andrew Lerner, Arun Chandrasekaran, Joe Skorupa, Jonathan Forest Initiatives: Cloud and Edge Infrastructure A market is emerging to address "inside the cloud" and multicloud networking challenges, as there are notable gaps from existing vendors. I&O leaders should look to cloud networking software products to address functionality gaps and improve operations within cloud and multicloud environments. Overview Key Findings Recommendations I&O leaders responsible for cloud and networking should: Client interest in cloud networking has increased dramatically (over five times) in the past 12 months. ■ The native networking capabilities of public cloud providers are insufficient for some production enterprise workloads. ■ Virtual routers and virtual appliances offered by established vendors often don't meet the requirements of cloud and DevOps teams, particularly around programmability, integration or licensing. ■ Networking features and operational approaches vary widely across public cloud providers, which creates management challenges, particularly in multicloud deployments. ■ Enable flexibility to address changing needs by making short-term investments with a one- to three- year time horizon. We expect the market to be dynamic with new entrants and a high level of change and innovation. This is a departure from typical network planning cycles, which are often three to five years. ■ Optimize cloud networking software investments by preferring lightweight, "cloud-aware" products that are offered via consumption-based pricing, with robust and well-documented APIs. ■ Exploit the benefits of public cloud providers by preferring their native capabilities when starting out or when there is a single cloud provider strategy. Don't forklift traditional networking strategies into the public cloud. ■

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