Applications are the engine for modern businesses—driving innovation, operational efficiency and revenue generation. They demand an infrastructure that is highly agile and is easy to manage, while reducing overall costs. Typically residing in the data centers, these applications, which include mission critical ERP systems, multi-tier Web applications, Big Data, etc. have placed new constraints on the networking infrastructure; support for high east-west traffic bandwidth, virtual machine (VM) mobility, multi-tenancy, app elasticity to list a few. Additionally, many such applications often consist of both physical and virtualized workloads, adding to the challenges in managing already complex data center networks.
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