Blog: Extending the Network – Cloud Interconnect 

By Ritesh Mukherjee |

The cloud is quickly becoming the default platform of choice. Gartner estimates that more than half of new North American enterprise application deployments in 2017 will occur on some form of a cloud platform. As workforces become globally distributed and enterprises deploy their applications across multiple clouds, the private enterprise wide-area network (WAN) as we know it will go extinct. IT managers now need to support a combination of private data centers, public cloud services, and SaaS without the comfort of relying on a private WAN. However, this transition is fraught with security, quality, and visibility risks. Let’s break it down.

SECURITY
The traditional perimeter-based network security model is insufficient for the hyperconnected cloud world. Door locks and security guards who keep the bad guys out only work in a closed WAN environment. Security can no longer be solely at the edges — it must be everywhere. It must also be flexible, because enterprises want faster, smarter access and there are many users with different access levels. Finally, security policies must also be dynamic while following business rules.

Insert the 128T Networking Platform (128T) which has been specifically designed from the ground-up for the cloud era. 128T uses a Zero Trust Security model that “denies by default.” This allows for:

  • Innovative hypersegmentation and stateless encryption to ensure granular access.
  • Intent-based “routing with words” to ensure security policies and business rules can be easily modified by IT managers to deploy new services instantly in the cloud.
  • Prevention of human error, complex configurations, and “ACL hell” to ensure security everywhere.

QUALITY
As applications move to public clouds — Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google, and others — operators need to guarantee performance and seamless connections to parts of the network that are not under their direct administrative control. Using 128T, operators can extend SLAs to the public cloud by using intelligent multi-path traffic steering, network path monitoring, and automated performance enhancements based on application types. Policies associated with services and applications enable the network manager to define granular control on an end-to-end basis. Session migration and duplication techniques ensure that the session flows remain on paths that meet the defined application requirements.

Revation Systems is an example of a company that recently utilized 128T to guarantee SLAs from their data center, across multiple carrier networks, all the way down to the customer edge — creating a virtual demarcation point at the customer premise. Revation is a leading provider of secure, encrypted, and compliant unified communications for the highly-regulated healthcare and banking industries, making it essential to have a first-in-class service offering that provides quality of experience and strong security at a greater reach. (Download the case study here.)

VISIBILITY
Gaining real-time visibility is paramount for enterprises as applications move to the cloud. Achieving visibility into traffic sent to and from different users to applications can be challenging, considering the elastic virtual nature of the cloud. 128T monitors activity per session, providing fine-grained visibility into each user’s session and application. This enables superior reporting, integrated link and endpoint load balancing going across multiple networks, and contextual analytics capabilities.

Simply put, traditional solutions cannot provide the security, quality, and visibility that businesses need in the cloud era. 128T is a new network architecture that works across all your use cases — and its dramatically simpler than what’s come before.

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