Ensure Your Enterprise Applications Make It Through the Great Migration

Cloud providers have accelerated time to market, improved cost efficiencies, and leveraged economies of scale using virtually unlimited capacity. These benefits, and many others, have caused a massive migration of corporate data center applications to the cloud.

This migration has put undue stress on legacy networks, that were not built for cloud connectivity. In fact, today’s connectivity to cloud applications is more than about direct cloud access. In our fast-paced digital world, simplicity, bandwidth costs, agility, security, and on-demand scalability are just as important.

The cloud migration has brought unprecedented demand for low-cost broadband Internet and 4G/LTE networks, empowered by Software-Defined networking (SD-WAN). SD-WAN simplifies the aggregation of multiple, diverse network links, and automatically prioritizes traffic between circuits and paths to ensure reliable connectivity.

Many of the same benefits we hear about moving applications to the cloud, are echoed with moving legacy networks to SD-WAN. This makes sense, because the WAN is the only way to get applications to and from users and cloud services.

When SD-WAN solutions have their own cloud network, they can provide bi-directional quality of service across all circuits, to and from multiple clouds. The SD-WAN model described here comprises the following elements:

  • Virtual edge devices installed in branches offices
  • Cloud Gateways delivered as a service and located at transit POPs and cloud data centers globally
  • Cloud Orchestration for centralized configuration, real-time monitoring, and control plane automation
  • The SD-WAN solution is delivered as a service, on a subscription basis