Cloud Connectivity Options: Legacy networking vs. DIY vs. Autonomous Full-Stack
The Importance of Cloud Connectivity
To do this today, enterprises must build an intelligent fabric that seamlessly interconnects networks, services, and application endpoints across clouds and regions. Unable to seamlessly stitch these services into seamless workflow results in increasing IT complexity, rising cloud costs, wide security gaps, and poor user application experience.
Simply put: the complexity of cloud networking prevents enterprises from fully unlocking the power of the multicloud world. And that, in turn, prevents the kind of business agility that enterprises crave in today's highly-competitive world.
It doesn't matter where you are in your cloud journey; connecting between cloud regions and environments is critical. Cloud innovations are rapid, requiring a cloud architecture platform that is future-proof and supports business objectives. This forces cloud architects and operations teams to stay on top of the latest features and stitch together the right recipe of microservices that optimize application experience while keeping an eye on cloud spending.
Here are the three ways enterprises enable cloud connectivity:
Despite the stark differences between legacy monolithic architectures and multicloud environments, many cloud architects and operations teams continue using the same networking tools connected to private data center infrastructures. This approach repurposes the on-premises networking stack, virtualizes it, and passes the burden of managing these appliances in the cloud to the end customer. The result is a highly manual approach requiring hands-on networking in real time to stitch together the appropriate experience.
Do it Yourself
Most enterprises have recognized the fallibility of using legacy networking tools to connect multicloud environments and have developed home-grown cloud networking tools to bridge the gap. They are using VPC peering (intra-region and cross-region), private link, Transit Gateway (TGW), and the GRE-based Transit Gateway (TGW) to create cloud connectivity. However, as enterprises use VPCs and their geographical footprint, the local hub and spokes begin to look like a peering mesh at the networking layer—primarily when they are based on legacy stacks. These architectures are extraordinarily complex and unwieldy to operate, manage or scale. Adding services such as load-balancers and firewalls has only introduced additional complexity to the networking layer. While DIY solutions work (users, apps, and data are truly connected in the cloud), cloud operations teams often lack visibility into both network and application experiences—preventing them from monitoring performance, troubleshooting issues, or applying consistent security controls across workloads. Relying on an assortment of cloud networking tools from multiple CSPs creates an increasing amount of tech debt that keeps snowballing as multicloud networks expand. Cloud spending also explodes in the DIY model, requiring cloud operators to over-provision cloud capacity to meet peak demand due to a lack of visibility into usage. All these services cost money which can become untenable as enterprises progress in their cloud journey and expand their footprint.
Full Stack Cloud
The only way to deliver fast, reliable, consistent, and secure experiences across multicloud environments is through autonomous full-stack cloud networking. The full Stack provides cloud architects and operations teams with a single tool to automate the delivery of consistent, powerful application experiences quickly and cost-effectively. Powered by data insights and machine learning models, full-stack cloud networking works by making multicloud infrastructure transparent so enterprises can deliver the desired level of application experience to users while ensuring secure contextual access to users. This is done using data-driven insights powered by AI and ML on top of a multicloud and cloud-native infrastructure, giving cloud architects and operations teams complete visibility and control into application experiences without making any changes to the infrastructure. Automating the network transit layer simplifies cloud networking—allowing enterprises to take advantage of the cloud's cost, flexibility and scalability without unnecessary complications.
Full Stack saves money and time.
Autonomous full-stack cloud networking allows enterprises to go beyond mere connectivity and automate the process of stitching together the right experience at the right time. Prosimo will enable organizations to build a dynamic, scalable app transit layer that allows them to deliver various services on top of any infrastructure by providing app-native networking, application performance, secure access, and observability. Automating this workflow mitigates complexity by providing complete orchestration of cloud networking services required to connect, scale, and secure enterprise applications. Reducing the time and cost of spinning up cloud services and applications allows enterprises to focus engineering and development resources on building out specific use cases that will enable them to move fast in the cloud.
See how Enterprises are using Full Stack to simplify their Cloud Networking architecture