- Few enterprises are 100% virtualized, so trying to make the argument that “a virtual overlay is all an enterprise needs” ignores a very real fact of life.
- Enterprises require intelligence in both the virtual and physical networks, as each plays its part in delivering applications where they are needed.
I had hoped we were done with the smart network/dumb network argument, but I guess nothing ever really goes out of style. History has proven over and over that anyone who tries to set extremes like smart network vs. dumb network is basing their entire premise on unrealistic expectations. If I look at the extremes of either a completely virtual data center – and I mean everything – or a completely physical one, then I can make a convincing argument for either a dumb network or a smart one. However, those examples are the far-edge cases and extremely rare. Enterprises do not exist as edge cases. Enterprises need intelligence in both the virtual network and the physical one. Continue reading “Smart Network or Dumb Network: Customers Have More Pressing Needs”