Is data center transformation real? Despite traditional networking suppliers countering the forces of transformation, there are seven concrete Principles that confirm data center network transformation is well underway. Each of these Principles is based on innovations by Cloud Giants that are being adopted by mainstream enterprise and service provider organizations.

In this 7-part series with Big Switch Networks’ Chief Product Officer, Prashant Gandhi, we identify clear Principles of cloud innovations in networking that apply to mainstream IT organizations.  The first concrete Principle is open networking (or disaggregated) switch hardware. Traditionally, the networking stack (ASIC, platform hardware, network OS) has been a proprietary, closed system — like the days of mainframe/mini-computers. Mainstream IT organizations are undertaking network transformation initiatives to on-board cloud-style networking and associated benefits, including accelerated innovation, service velocity, automation, vendor choice, and reduction in CapEx and OpEx.