Applications are the differentiators that set you apart from your competition. Whether it's the applications used by your customers to transact business or the back end processing needed to fulfill that business, your applications are critical to surviving and thriving in today’s digital economy. More and more organizations are adopting Agile approaches to application development, meaning they are shifting away from the traditional, waterfall approach to development whereby releases and updates were deployed once or twice a year. Now, with intensifying customer expectations, employee needs, and supplier requirements, revisions to applications must happen quickly, seemingly instantly.

Despite the shift to Agile application development, many organizations are still burdened with a legacy infrastructure that was not designed for easy integration. Reliance on layers of management software to hold systems together, antiquated security solutions that can't scale to meet current performance needs, and multiple tools and points of configuration across the network, compute resources, storage and security all combine to shift valuable time and money away from developing new services. Instead, valuable resources are used to deploy, monitor, troubleshoot and update an aging, seemingly inflexible infrastructure. And the breadth and scope of applications deployed across a typical enterprise (from ERP to eCommerce to custom-built mobile apps) adds additional intricacy.