It’s a bit of an understatement to say that networking and distributed computing IT infrastructures are undergoing change. It’s fairly easy to point to well-entrenched trends like disaggregation, software-defined networking (SDN), and DevOps and understand that the fundamental ways in which infrastructure is architected, deployed, and operated are evolving faster than ever before. But what is driving all of the change?
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Whether it’s with customers or colleagues, most of my conversations involve the cloud in one way or another, and more often than not, cloud is the conversation. Why? Because customers want to rapidly and efficiently scale and customize services on their terms and they only want to pay for what they need. And there’s no doubt that the cloud has already impacted businesses across virtually every market segment—a November 2016 study by IDG found that 70% of organizations had moved at least one application or a portion of their infrastructure to the cloud—and continues to do so, as the cloud service industry has grown 42% year-over-year.