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Cloud Networking – Having the right Cloud Network Architecture is fundamental

Many organisations still believe in everything that the big cloud vendors like AWS, Google, Azure etc are saying. Naturally they each want to sell you their own products and services as being world class, secure and always available. We already know this not to be true with the recent outages … https://techhq.com/2020/12/3-biggest-public-cloud-outages-of-2020/. The reality is they don’t want your organisation to be multi cloud and have public cloud choice. Typically, they want to lock you in and once done, you’ll have little or no say on how to control or secure your data and have poor visibility into events and how that impacts you and your customers until it’s too late.

Don’t be fooled into believing them any longer. The next  phase of cloud computing is evolving and organisations are waking up to the fact that they do actually need to be multi cloud ready and have choice. Its predicted that in 2021 more than 50% of data will span multi clouds. This is great news for customers with choice to move between CSPs and exploit the benefits of real transformation such as analytics, AI/ML from one CSP, better compute/storage from another, disaster recovery using two or more CSPs, ability to move data between CSPs as needed, and not to mention being in a better negotiating position to get the best financials. 

So what are the considerations of being multi cloud ready?…there are many but I would like to touch on one. One of the most fundamental and critical cloud service is the network. Yes, the network is a critical service and everything from business applications to shared services to developer experience and cyber protection depends and overlays on top of the network. Unfortunately, far too often the network is either taken for granted as being ready, when it really isn’t, or it’s an afterthought that causes delays and frustration to business leaders and app developers wanting to move at speed to the cloud.  

To help overcome and transition towards becoming a multi cloud organisation you should first acknowledge the fact that your cloud network needs to run and operate at the same agility, scale and economics as public cloud compute, storage and processing. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can take your traditional on premise network reference architectures and capabilities and simply extend into the public cloud. This is a recipe for failure. The traditional network vendors will tell you to do exactly that because they want to continue selling more expensive and bigger hardware boxes. That traditional way of doing on premise networking i.e. manually with long lead times, little or no automation and using monolithic proprietary operating systems will not work efficiently or effectively in public clouds. So the challenge now faced by IT Network Leaders is what should networking in public clouds be and what should it look like for a multi cloud organisation?

The answer, and of fundamental importance, architect your cloud network to be cloud vendor agnostic and multi cloud ready. Do  this at the start of your cloud journey. If you don’t, then each time you use a cloud provider you will have to create new and different cloud networks i.e. AWS does network their way, GCP another way, Azure yet another and so on. So why on earth would you want to build out different networks for different cloud provider and in completely different ways? Common sense will tell you that this doesn’t make sense, it’s how cloud vendors make more money and you don’t have to do it their way.

Don’t be discouraged, the good news is that Aviatrix has done this for you by developing a unique solution and taken care of all of the heavy lifting and different complexities. The Aviatrix Multi Cloud Network Architecture & Transit solution is born in the cloud and has been developed to use cloud native constructs, cloud principles and cloud concepts. The software solutions overlays on top of and understands the constructs of all public cloud infrastructures from AWS, Google, OCI, Azure etc. making it simple and self-service for organisations to become truly multi network cloud ready. Please click link for more details: https://aviatrix.com/multi-cloud-transit-networking/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=MC&utm_content=form-completion&gclid=Cj0KCQiA0rSABhDlARIsAJtjfCcMtWLf9WCvk3bFAoRrYI0V3nSqXoAm059i55EcCGOlfGCgKO6Gb-waAlzeEALw_wcB

The Multi Cloud Network Architecture is opinionated and developed with the mindset of repeatability and security at the forefront. Create the transit architecture once and then use it many times over again to orchestrate securely between on premise networks to cloud providers, hence making the cloud provider networks completely transparent to you. As one would expect, the solution is fully automated out of the box, using Terraform, GUI or API for rapid deployments, auto scalable, has 3rd part service insertion/chaining to name just a few must have functions. More advanced functions include High Performance Encryption (HPE) at line rate, please refer to https://docs.aviatrix.com/HowTos/insane_mode_perf.html, stateful firewall, segmentation controls to reduce lateral movement, please refer to https://docs.aviatrix.com/HowTos/transit_segmentation_faq.html?highlight=segmentation etc, etc, and the list goes on. 

With an exceptional day 2 network support management toolset; CoPilot (https://docs.aviatrix.com/HowTos/copilot_overview.html) for monitoring, observability, real time fault alerting, traffic anomaly detection/logging, flow visibility and reporting, asset inventory and cloud network self- correction if desired, makes the Aviatrix Multi Cloud Network Architecture a real break-through and must have for all organisations that desire cloud network vendor independence. 

So whether you are a single cloud customer or thinking of going multi cloud, Aviatrix offers a modern and new world way for organisations to be truly multi cloud and network agnostic whilst handing back all of the network controls to IT Network Managers to construct and manage their cloud network environments. 

Want to find out more? Please visit www.aviatrix.com.

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