A few possible scenarios where synchronizing AWS resources with your on-prem corporate network is beneficial, ands what to look for in implementation.
Feb 1st, 2019
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is probably one of the most well-known and utilized cloud (and soon to be on-prem) solutions providers. In addition to its technical robustness and market reach, enterprise businesses can rely on its proven reliability, metered billing and multitude of partner solutions.
When it comes to multicloud network environments, two questions occupy the minds of decisions makers:
In this post, we present a few possible scenarios where synchronizing AWS resources with your on-prem corporate network is beneficial, as well as what to look for when evaluating the implementation.
AWS, and cloud services in general are an attractive option to modernize and extend corporate networks and IT, providing resource availability at scale. Here are a few scenarios where Men&Mice customers are using AWS.
Enterprise businesses have developed networking practices to mitigate downtime and more frequently than ever, prevent against attacks. Starting from small-scale on-prem installations to utilizing large-scale private data centers, then cloud, diversifying the network supply chain is as mandatory as maintaining different logistics providers or materials suppliers.
More often than not, regulatory oversight also dictates much of what can and cannot be done. That presents an obstacle enterprise businesses have to consider or work around, particularly with regard to onboarding and utilizing cloud.
AWS and Amazon Route53 for DNS address the growing need for networking resources management in the cloud. But even Amazon recognizes the importance of visibility across an entire network setup, introducing last fall the Route 53 Resolver for Hybrid Clouds, for bi-directional querying between on-prem and AWS.
This is exceptional news for AWS customers, particularly customers of Men&Mice Suite using AWS. Any cloud/multicloud configuration has to work natively, dynamically, and securely if its benefits are to be fully realized, a guiding principle of the development of the Men&Mice Suite.
Cloud resources offer the most benefits when utilized to their full native extent, and synchronize with on-prem at the same time. Like spreadsheets were to IP Address Management, managing cloud services separately is both inefficient and enables a host of trouble down the line.
Proper multicloud networking needs a single management interface, an overlay, that natively connects to the cloud and the cloud services’ features while providing complete visibility across the network, down to the management of zones and unification of audit trails.
If provisioning cloud resources is on par with the procurement of new hardware for the on-premise infrastructure, what’s the point? Scaling up or down using the cloud is an attractive concept, but unless it’s also easy to implement, adapt and migrate when needs change, much of the benefit is lost.
Dynamic resources require, beyond native integration, a programmable and automated interface, capitalizing on APIs to simplify processes and retain security configurations.
It's critical to network security to have the ability to enforce the same property structure and protocols for network entities, regardless of whether across multiple cloud platforms, accounts or on-prem, to ensure adherence to corporate standards for network and IP provisioning. Likewise, retention of access controls, and complete visibility in network audit trails is equally important.
Your IP infrastructure management software has to be able to handle management, synchronization and reporting, cohesively, authoritatively and securely.
Overlay solutions, such as the multicloud-enabled Men&Mice Suite, alleviate these management, visibility and portability concerns.
The Men&Mice Suite comes with
The Men&Mice Suite keeps the chief advantages of multicloud networking (heterogenization of resources) while maintaining a homogenized management overview.
What happens when your network is fairly homogenous — like, say, relying mostly on Cisco, Linux or Microsoft servers on-prem? When looking into cloud solutions, what are your deciding factors? Does multicloud help minimize latency across specific global operations? Can you increase diversity in your network infrastructure supply chain and mitigate security risks simultaneously?
The short answer is yes. We'll dive more into these topics in the next few posts.