Multi-cloud is on track to becoming the single largest cloud strategy companies pursue. According to IDC: “By 2021, enterprise spending on cloud services and infrastructure will be more than $530 billion and over 90% of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms.”
The same use-cases that triggered the global move to the cloud, are now driving multi-cloud adoption. I recently wrote about some of these multi-cloud use-cases.
In this blog post we will take a look at what this multi-cloud trend means for the enterprise network and what challenges it has led to. However, before we do that what exactly are hybrid and multi-cloud setups?
Multi-cloud is a cloud strategy that leverages several public cloud providers, often in combination with a private cloud or an on-premise data center. Hybrid cloud on the other hand refers to the use of one public cloud provider in combination with an on-premise data center.
These complex cloud architectures while benefiting the enterprise bottom line have also thrown up several networking and connectivity challenges. Once the enterprise expands it footprint to multiple cloud providers and on-premise data centers, ensuring reliable and resilient connectivity between those workloads is the next order of business.
Native Cloud networking solutions
Public cloud providers do provide native tools for at-least one of these use-cases i.e. hybrid cloud setups.
For example, AWS offers both a dedicated connectivity solution i.e. AWS Direct Connect and a Managed VPN solution. These solutions allow enterprises to connect from their on-premise data centers to AWS. Azure and Google Cloud both have corresponding solutions: Azure express route and Google Interconnect.
These solutions are, however, harder to scale as the company’s cloud and on-premise footprint grows. The number and management scope of encrypted VPN connections tends to blow up as the company spins up more virtual networks. Deploying, managing and monitoring these connections becomes a time-consuming process.
Native cloud connectivity solutions like AWS Direct Connect also require manual installation and management of hardware equipment at a co-location facility. For the best QOS, AWS Direct Connect also requires a private line from the company data centers to the Direct Connect location.
Ensuring high availability and reliability for these connections is also not a task to be taken lightly. This discussion becomes even more relevant when scaling to multiple cloud regions and on-premise data centers. Management overhead becomes an important consideration as companies decide whether to manage these connections themselves or use a third party managed service.
As the enterprise footprint grows to cover multiple cloud providers, the process of ensuring highly available and reliable connectivity becomes even more challenging.
Multi-cloud architectures tend to be larger in scope as they leverage multiple cloud service providers often with a private cloud or multiple on-premise data centers. By extension, making inter-connectivity and networking work across all of these different setups and providers requires top-notch networking expertise and feeds into an ever-growing bill.
Add to this the fact that public cloud providers, are not exactly enthusiastic about facilitating connectivity to other cloud providers and we have a real mess on our hands.
As enterprise networks grow to accommodate several cloud providers, multi-cloud networking solutions have become a must-have technology in the enterprise tech stack. These solutions, however, need to be as flexible as the cloud, with fast deployment cycles, native cloud integration and built-in redundancy.
Datapath.io’s Cloud to Cloud Network: Secure and reliable Hybrid and Multi-Cloud networking
Datapath.io’s Cloud networking solution incorporates all these features and more to provide a truly managed, secure and reliable multi-cloud networking solution. It automatically connects all workloads in a full-mesh VPN network, no matter where they run; the cloud, containers or on-premise networks.
The cloud networking solution leverages native cloud tools for connectivity, automation and encryption for friction-less integration. Deployment is super easy; a wizard guides you through triggering cloud provisioning tools like AWS Cloud Formation, running Kubernetes templates or just spinning up a docker container.
Datapath.io’s multi-cloud networking solution makes it super easy to extend networks over multiple public or private cloud providers and on-premise infrastructure. It allows the enterprise to take advantage of the cost optimization, redundancy and performance benefits of multi-cloud networks.
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