1. HPE exits 2015 as the No. 2 vendor in terms of data center network revenue.
2. HPE retains a strong DC networking portfolio with a variety of internally developed, jointly developed (with the New H3C) and partner alternatives that can meet the needs of nearly any enterprise.
3. HPE remains committed to expanding its open networking strategy beyond support for Cumulus Networks and Pica8, and have made significant investments into SDN, disaggregated networking and open-source initiatives.
4. HPE has global delivery and support capabilities, fully able to support complex data center requirements with a full line of networking, compute and storage solutions.
1. Based on our research, HPE has less control of its flagship platforms and code base than other vendors in this analysis.
2. HPE offers a varied set of options for data center networks including homegrown, JV-based and partner solutions, which may confuse some buyers. Proposals can vary based on the source and focus of the requirements (network-led or server-led, for example), including a lack of integration of HPE's Virtual Connect blade switch into the HPE Networking hardware and software architectures.
3. HPE and its channels sometimes undersell HP maintenance offerings, which can lead to support challenges for some customers.
4. DC networking sales of HPE and New H3C will be measured separately due to the majority sale of H3C, which will result in an expected drop in market share ranking during 2016.