It's an exciting and challenging time for IT. Data volume is multiplying fast.Technology is evolving overnight. Demand is rising for prompt, reliable pplications and services that are simultaneously accessible and secure. It's no wonder that more companies are moving away from hardwarecentric legacy systems toward an agile, dynamic Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). An SDDC helps lower costs, improve security, and drive IT agility and innovation. But it's not the only thing IT organizations need to succeed in the future. Network architecture still rooted in hardware can't keep up with modern demands. Slow provisioning and errors can delay application delivery and cause performance lags—a major disadvantage. To outpace the competition and still provide reliable, secure, high-quality services, the network needs to move into the software-defined future.