The network is the underlying foundation of the data center. If that foundation becomes unstable, everything else, apps and all, are affected. The bummer is that most large data center networks are, in fact, unstable.
Complex networks experience rapid entropy and require constant human care. This entropy manifests itself as a lack of network agility and poor network availability. Whatever the reasons networks are not working as desired, the effects are the same; apps and services quickly break, impacting both operations and customers.
Of course, CIOs and IT departments would reduce network entropy and instability if they could. However, they can’t, and here’s why.