The changes that software-defined networking is bringing to the data center should be of interest to developers of mobile applications, according to venture capitalist Marc Andreessen. "Even if you don't care, it's exciting because the cost of the back end for a modern app is falling very fast," he said in an interview at a Qualcomm conference. "If you were going to build Google or Facebook or Twitter or anything like that, the cost of building it is falling quickly compared to what they had to field. When costs fall like that, the app developers can get a lot more creative."

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