The transformation of today’s modern datacenter is happening as we speak. It’s not coming; it’s here. Of course, this is partly a result of organizations wanting to capitalize on new advances in technology . But, the major driver of this transformation, is more about how people are expecting to consume IT services, and how organizations are re-designing their IT infrastructure to efficiently deliver these services to their customers.
Everywhere we look today: compute, storage, network, applications – all are being offered as a service, whether by the vendor that sells them, or the datacenter that consumes them. What enterprise software company is not delivering their software as a service? What service provider is not thinking of deploying network functions in software? What storage company is not building software-defined storage systems? The major challenge that everyone faces is in delivering these services on an infrastructure that is agile, cost-effective, and scalable.
The network needs to be at the service of Applications!