Or more apropos, it’s in the complex and intimate relationship between applications and their infrastructure.

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What’s the difference between a highly virtualized corporate data center and a cloud computing environment? There are probably many, but the most important distinction – and the one that earns the latter a “cloud computing” tag – is certainly that the former lacks a comprehensive orchestration system and was likely not architected using a rapid, infrastructure inclusive, scalability strategy.

Mitch Garnaat, “The Elastician”, recently managed to sum up what should be every modern data center’s motto in a single, six word tweet: “Scale is not just about servers.” In fact, I am hereby dubbing this “Garnaat’s Theorem”, as this fundamental data center truth has been established and proven more times than some of us would care to remember.

Mitch could not be more right. Scale is not just about servers, and for corporate data centers and cloud computing providers looking to realize the benefits of rapid elasticity and on-demand provisioning scale simply must be one of the foundational premises upon which a dynamic data center is built. And that includes the infrastructure.