The way we interact with information and applications has changed exponentially in the last 20 years. Think back to the early 1990s, when SMS messaging was the pinnacle of communications innovation. We used desktop PCs and the data centres we relied on had to manage a fraction of the data and applications we take for granted today. In 2013, the business environment has evolved radically; remote working, ubiquitous access to information and applications, cloud-based services and bandwidth-rich content such as video is placing an unprecedented burden on data centre networks. However, these networks are not designed to cope with the demand… many are throw-backs from the 1990s so are on the verge of breaking under the pressure.