Network administrators and IT executives alike find themselves facing an inflection point when it comes to their networks. The administrators must accommodate traditional needs relating to the first three layers of the network stack, such as performance and reliability. CIOs must accommodate the new demands of their businesses: access to private and public clouds, whether through mobile devices or desktops, as well as the flexibility that new software-defined network technologies offer at the higher levels of the network stack.
At this inflection point, both IT and the business are requiring more of their networks. But networks designed to simply forward packets don't have the capability or the intelligence to understand these high-level, application-related demands. Networks need to change, as does the way IT thinks about and manages them. In addition to reliability, IT must now add higher levels of flexibility and automation to its arsenal to accommodate changing business needs quickly and cost-effectively.
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