Digital first enterprises rely on direct cloud connectivity for Speed, Scalability and Security.
90 percent of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms and enterprise spending on cloud services and infrastructure will pass $530 billion. Why enterprises across the industry are migrating business critical applications and data to the cloud?
From banking, retail to education and healthcare, the cloud is not only enabling innovation but also allowing enterprises to make use best breed of new age hi-tech solutions.
In the early days of the cloud, enterprises did try to leverage the internet. But connecting to the cloud using public internet posed a severe threat to the enterprise network. It caused massive security lapses, lowered network performance and made managing network configurations complicated.
Earlier enterprise connectivity was hardware-centric. It required frequent changes, and ICT teams were challenged with limited bandwidth, cumbersome configurations and setups, and high costs. However today, in the age of SD-WAN, the network is no more a bottleneck to cloud. Enterprises can think aloud with Cloud by directly connecting to cloud effectively, using secured internet via SD-WAN. Using such an innovative networking approach with SD-WAN, enterprises ensure higher performance, reliability, and ROI.
The rising cost of infrastructure and the complexities in managing the same, by now has made enterprises realize the fact that direct connectivity to cloud is key to optimize cloud services and infrastructure. Cloud first enterprises are testimony to this fact, as they witness benefit from an early stage of deployment.
Recent IDC analysis highlights the fact that agility, speed, and security are top three considerations of enterprises to connect with Cloud apart from cost.
“The cloud has challenged many infrastructure hardware and software providers as a growing portion of enterprises source capacity through cloud services providers, shifting demand away from enterprise datacentres and toward cloud service providers, hyperscale datacentres,” says Ranganath Sadasiva , Director, Enterprise Solutions, IDC India.
Keep it direct
It is as important as ever for enterprises to keep up with the demanding changes within the IT ecosystem. Hence by connecting directly with cloud ( like Microsoft Azure, Salesforce.com, Google or IBM cloud, Oracle) using a DC, enterprises ensure flexibility in three prime areas: Usage, Cost and turnaround time to new and emerging markets.
Earlier, networking was all about hardware, which was expensive and had complications because the nature of communication itself was changing. All networking devices have a control play – the brain – and a data play – the muscle. What if the control play could reside on a server, which means there will be only one brain controlling lots of muscle. It meant centralized decision making, which was made possible by cloud computing.
Shyamal Kumar, CEO of Lavelle Networks
From a usage point of view, connecting directly with cloud, in no time IT can create private and direct connections (a.k.a virtual cross connects) between the software-defined network and cloud service provider, content delivery network (CDN) or a carrier through an internet exchange point. Secondly, when it comes to cost, enterprises pay only for services for which bandwidth is consumed. Cost being flexible not only helps small businesses that are growing but also helps bigger players save a boom out of their IT budget. Thirdly, enterprise branches or business can be extended quickly to any new market.
In India, the inflection points are there. Internet is huge, companies are going digital in a big way, investment in cloud is increasing quarter-on-quarter, and if it is a company with a national presence, it will need to have branch offices in many locations. The market is going to be big for branch office networking, according to him. Companies right now communicate through private lines among its branches. There are issues over bandwidth availability, speed of communication and cost of leased lines.
Shyamal Kumar, CEO of Lavelle Networks
Irrespective of the size and nature of the business, enterprises of all sorts benefit when connected directly with the cloud. Thanks to forward thinking cloud providers and SD-WAN vendors, using SD-WAN to connect directly with the cloud, enterprises are not only benefiting in terms of IT but also are able to cater ever evolving needs of the customers. Using highly customizable software-defined networks, enterprises can easily set up a private connection to cloud achieving a simplified cloud migration along with Always On network with higher performance, security, and scalability.
Here are the benefits of connecting directly with the cloud with SD-WAN,
Scalability – Private or Public cloud controller with elastic and real-time scalability to consume bandwidth and services to according business needs.
Easy Integration – Public/Private Cloud connectivity. A virtual instance looks like an extended physical branch. All business policies are applicable to virtual branch in the same fashion. Seamless APIs for managing multiple cloud resources.
Cost Effective- Cut down bandwidth cost further by paying only for services for which bandwidth is consumed.
Efficient and Productive- Network is Plug and Play and deployment at spoke locations, No Peering protocols on WAN side. IT can concentrate on business critical goals with easy cloud solutions that you can do yourself.
Bespoke Performance- Improved application Quality of Experience (QoE) for cloud and SaaS applications leveraging SD-WAN security.
Improved Security: A private connection to the cloud ensures reduced risk of a data breach or cyber-attack by limiting public internet usage.
Being Future Proof
Enterprise workloads are changing. A flexible cloud first network solution is the best possible way to future-proof the enterprise network. In a world where the Internet is the new normal in enterprise communication, know how Lavelle Networks ScaleAOn SD-WAN will help you achieve the holy grail of modern SD-WAN expectations – excellent network performance, seamless network scale, and unbelievable simplicity in network operations. Download a Whitepaper to unfold more on ScaleAOn.