Driven by todays applications and digitization efforts the datacenter and in particular the MSDC’s are leading the agenda and there is an ongoing DC Architectural Battle based on misassumptions on requirements.
Main limitation factor for Enterprise to compete with MSDC offerings is typically not the network itself, this are old isolated and not mashed applications. While apps gets re-written to address the digitization needs with modern software development tools the expectation is that the network will be able to be programmed likewise by current development tools which leads towards a DevOps model.
As new application development no longer happens in isolation and the production system is becoming the development platform the logical next question coming up is why can’t I simply use my datacenter tools like PUPPET, CHEF and ANSIBLE likewise for Enterprise networks?
However, main takeaway from that ongoing battle is: “System administration is over – we should stop doing it” and what could be achieved by “Efficiency through abstraction and automation” based on Device to Admin Ratio comparisons over the last years.