5G, IoT and big data are driving the need for more distributed data centers and high-performance edge computing. Today, networking traffic continues growing faster than compute, and much of that growth is from computer-to-computer communications supporting mission-critical applications. Cloud and data center operators are under pressure to ensure that their networks efficiently deliver high throughput and avoid bottlenecks to deliver optimal application performance. Overcoming this challenge makes networking the most critical piece for improving application performance.
When it comes to virtualization, networking is sometimes perceived as lagging behind the other aspects that comprise the cloud such as compute and storage. The adoption of SDN has brought many benefits to data center environments as they enable the network to match the flexibility and agility of the cloud. However, network virtualization has added to the already accelerating proliferation of virtual machines (VMs) – creating even more code, file, and server bloat – and increasing overall system latency.
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