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InformationWeek Analytics New Research Finds 48 Percent Of Companies Willing To Replace Or Add A Data Center Networking Vendor

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 11. InformationWeek Analytics, the leading service for peer-based IT research and analysis, today announced the release of IT Pro Ranking: Data Center Networking, the first in a series of innovative research reports exploring enterprise IT's willingness to consider a wider range of suppliers. The 468 business technology professionals who responded to our first-ever Data Center Networking Vendor Evaluation Survey revealed that HP ties Cisco and Brocade in overall performance across 10 customer-rated criteria, with other vendors close behind.

"Data center architects are considering converged infrastructures and in-rack networking rather than strictly conventional models," says report author Art Wittmann, VP & Managing Director of InformationWeek Analytics and a leading authority on data center technology. "The playing field is more level than we might have guessed."

Research Summary:
Data center perennials Cisco, on the Ethernet side, and Brocade, for SAN/Fibre Channel, are finding themselves in stiffer-than-ever competition with HP, IBM, Juniper and others, as IT organizations reevaluate their options. Nearly half the 468 respondents to our peer-based Data Center Networking Vendor Evaluation Survey are considering switching or adding data center networking vendors, and nearly two-thirds have rearchitected or plan to rearchitect with two years. Their primary motivation: capital and operational cost savings, and performance gains. The lure of advanced features and new services is secondary.

Findings:  
    * 48 percent of the 468 business tech pros we polled are willing to replace or add a data center networking vendor.
    * 65 percent have recently rearchitected or plan to rearchitect their data center networks within 24 months.
    * Brocade, Cisco and HP tie at No. 1 for data center networking performance, each with an overall evaluation rating of 77 percent, based on 10 criteria; poll respondents rate product reliability and product performance the two most important vendor evaluation criteria.
    * Virtualization support and adherence to industry standards tie as the two most important data center network features.
    * Capital and operational cost savings tie, at 64 percent, as the two biggest factors that would lead IT organizations to change data center networking vendors; performance gains follow, at 55 percent.
    * Only about one-quarter of respondents say availability of new services (25 percent) or features (24 percent) is a motivator to change data center networking vendors.

    For full access to the research data, members can download now: http://analytics.informationweek.com/abstract/6/4179/Data-Center/it-pro-...

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