HP has put forth a strong vision for enabling networks for the cloud computing era. Leveraging the FlexNetwork architecture that incorporates technologies like IRF, EVB, VEPA, and Open Flow to deliver virtual application networks (VAN) that can enable organizations to virtualize their network infrastructures and provide automation and orchestration. ESG believes HP's approach of focusing on optimizing the end-to-end delivery of applications to end-users across data center, campus, and branch networks, should be well received. This will only become more important as the cloud computing era progresses and users expect and even demand instant access to applications and services. Given this, organizations currently struggling with legacy network issues should evaluate whether HP's VAN solutions can help alleviate short-term challenges while providing a flexible network for future business and IT initiatives.