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Affinity

Conversations happen everywhere in and around the IT infrastructure. We need a common language to translate them. Affinity is an open model for describing conversations that expresses application workload requirements in non-networking terms. Affinities let us know which elements are talking, and outline what is important about the conversation. 

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Silo-free solutions

With a common way of expressing what’s important, conversation requirements can be shared across what have typically been disparate IT silos. 

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Determining what’s important

All conversations are not equal. Focus on the most critical conversations within your infrastructure, and use affinities to help guarantee those workloads.

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Comprehensible descriptions

Affinities are not a re-imagining of VLANs, ACLs, or other network policy constructs. They capture conversation requirements through higher-level abstractions familiar to the application.

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Actionable requirements

Affinities are only useful if requirements are specific and enforceable. Ultimately, the network should be able to demonstrate adherence to application service level agreements (SLAs).