Networks are at a tipping point. IP networks now are the foundations for a new generation of services and connectivity. The whole infrastructure is becoming virtual, smaller, shorter lived and more dynamic. As a result, the number of network connections requested is massively increasing, placing unprecedented stress on data networks and network equipment. Long lived client server traffic is a very small part of the total.  Applications now rely on IT elements are becoming virtual, smaller, shorter lived and more dynamic. This drives a massive increase in machine-to-machine traffic.  As a result, traditional chassis based routers become more and more expensive to buy and operate.