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 analysis, telemetry, and visualization are critical in any data center network transformation project for rapidly identifying application performance/connectivity issues, for capacity planning, and for predictive network behaviors. Hence, we chose network analytics for principle 6  to show that data center networks are transforming.