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@Cisco, @DellTechnologies, @Hewlett Packard Enterprise ( #HPE), @Juniper, and Huawei were identified as the top five data center Ethernet switch vendors by respondents to a survey from IHS Markit. For its Data Center Strategies and Leadership North American Enterprise Survey, IHS Markit asked enterprise IT leaders about the data centers they operate. Respondents ranked a list of eight criteria for choosing their data center Ethernet switch vendors from 1 (most important) to 8 (least important). Security and reliability were the top criteria, while pricing ranked lower. Security is the top criterion for selecting an Ethernet switch vendor. “On-premises data centers are likely targets, and equipment that can be compromised because it has not been designed to withstand attacks can expose the enterprise to unwanted risks,” said Cliff Grossner, senior research director and advisor for cloud and data center at IHS Markit. Enterprises evaluating Ethernet switch vendors also want assurance that they can count on their vendors, ranking reliability as their second highest criteria. “As enterprises’ applications served from the on-premises data center become more critical to the business, their ability to tolerate service interruptions is significantly reduced,” said Grossner. “When problems do occur, it is imperative vendors handle them quickly and efficiently.”

https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/security-is-the-top-concern-for-enterprises-as-they-select-a-data-center-switch-vendor-says-ihs-markit/2018/07/

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