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.  On to principle 3 — software controls. Traditional box-by-box networking has often been mocked as “hardware-defined” or “hardware controlled.” Cloud Giants figured out a decade ago that software controls are critical to making the underlying hardware networking infrastructure logically centralized.