In the era of the cloud, WAN connectivity is not as straightforward as it once was. MPLS, which has been the workhorse of WAN connectivity architectures for over two decades, has developed glaring service gaps.
The Cloud and MPLS don’t mix
The cloud has played a big part in pinpointing the gaps in MPLS services, since it has led to a paradigm shift in how enterprises build their networks.
Enterprise applications which used to be hosted locally are now being provided as a service under the umbrella term of SaaS. Additionally, the global move to the cloud has resulted in corporate data centers being replaced by remote cloud data centers.
Connectivity to these IaaS and SaaS providers is no longer with-in the exclusive control of either the enterprise or the MPLS service provider.
Enterprises looking to bring these services under the umbrella of the enterprise WAN, now also have to build a relationship with cloud service providers in addition to multiple MPLS services.
Short of this, enterprise traffic between on-premise data centers and cloud workloads is left at the mercy of the public internet.
What about Multi-Cloud connectivity?
Another level of complexity is added by hybrid or multi-cloud architectures. High availability and business continuity concerns force enterprises to keep a foothold in their already existing corporate data centers or alternatively distribute workloads across different cloud providers.
While hybrid and multi-cloud architectures do ensure business continuity, they introduce further connectivity challenges, which legacy MPLS services are not equipped to handle.
The disproportionate increase in internet traffic as compared to the addition of new capacity has meant that the public internet traffic suffers from severe performance problems .
Enterprises connecting to cloud resources via the public internet regularly suffer from degraded performance. This is further complicated by the rise in security threats for unprotected public internet traffic.
Today’s enterprise faces the challenge of integrating multi-cloud workloads and cloud applications with a globally distributed workforce and an already existing on-premise data center infrastructure.
Secure and dedicated connectivity
Datapath.io’s Cloud to Cloud network leverages an SDN enabled global network backbone and a managed IPsec VPN network to ensure private and secure location-agnostic connectivity.
Datapath.io’s global backbone plugs into all major public cloud providers using native cloud service provider connectivity products like AWS Direct Connect, making connectivity super easy.
Enterprises no longer have to on-board multiple MPLS and cloud service providers to connect multi-cloud workloads with on-premise data centers or office locations.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the features:
Deploying cloud to cloud connectivity is super easy with the automated setup wizard which guides you through each step. We also leverage native cloud automation tools like AWS Cloud Formation, for the setup and deployment which makes the process even more seamless. Multiple redundancy and built-in fail-over mechanisms also ensure a highly available and resilient service. All this is backed up by a support team of top notch cloud and network specialists.
Datapath.io’s global private backbone already plugs in to all major cloud service providers. This acts as a secure and dedicated highway between distributed cloud data centers. Users can logically isolate a portion of this network by reserving bandwidth. This allows us to provide MPLS level performance and QOS for cloud to cloud connections. It also frees up enterprises from the high CAPex activity of on-boarding multiple MPLS service providers and cloud connectivity products.
All cloud nodes are connected in a full-mesh architecture. This means that there is no single point of failure leading to a highly available and resilient service. Direct one-to-one connectivity also ensures optimized performance and QOS.
Enterprise grade IPsec VPN encryption ensures that your mission critical traffic is always safe and secure. Cloud key management tools including AWS KMS key management also allows friction less integration into multiple cloud environments. This allows our users to meet compliance and transparency requirements while keeping complete control over encryption and security.
The fact that Datapath.io’s global private network plugs into all major public cloud providers allows our users to deploy cloud workloads based on their requirements and unique advantages of each CSP, without having to worry about security and connectivity. Additionally most, connectivity providers tie in users into un-necessary full scale connections. Datapath.io provides granular VPC level connectivity which leads to significant savings by only provisioning connections based on needs.
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