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Finding the right home for your applications

Infrastructure-agnostic modeling tools improve application placement, management, and portability.

It wasn’t long ago that software and hardware were indelibly tied. Applications were forced to conform to the specific nuances of the various infrastructure environments on which they would operate. Servers and networks were manually configured to host each application. And the pairings were built to last.

But they haven’t.

“The explosion of applications and the diversification of infrastructure have changed everything,” says David Cope, senior director of cloud market development at Cisco. “Large enterprises now support more than 5000 applications on average, which are dispersed among physical...

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