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.  For principle 7 of data center network transformation, we picked a popular public cloud construct whose impact can be monumental when broadly deployed in mainstream data centers: virtual public cloud (VPC) on-prem. VPC, despite its compute-centric name, is a new unit of networking in AWS and Google public clouds; in Azure, it is called vNet. VPCs/vNets are logical networks that enable cloud users to rapidly deploy applications in public clouds.