Application delivery has benefited from increases in efficiency, agility, and scale by using abstracted, scalable designs for computing in a variety of ways over the past five plus years. Advances in multitenant cloud and web scale applications have driven the gains to the benefit of users and IT service providers in many environments. In parallel there has been strong interest in bringing the benefits of abstraction, simplification, and integration with application platforms to network infrastructures delivering services. The vision of highly scalable, flexible, programmatically accessible networks has been a driving force in early stage designs in software defined networking over the past several years.
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