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.  Network security (who can talk to whom) is a fundamental construct of any data center network deployment. Hence, we have selected a controller-based access control list (ACL) as the 5th principle of data center network transformation.