Running a Network-Centric Cloud Architecture: 10 Benefits

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2013-09-25

A recent report from Gartner Research projects the public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market to grow by a whopping 47 percent in a year's time—from $6 billion in 2012 to $9 billion by the end of this year. That's solid business built upon increasing demand for these services. However, a majority of cloud services available now don't meet all the reliability, security and performance needs of the enterprise. This is because these clouds are built using an older server-centric approach that works well for low-cost, commodity-type physical computing but not for running virtual machines in a cloud. A server-centric approach for an on-premises IT infrastructure is difficult to emulate in the cloud, so enterprises have been forced to architect around the cloud environment instead of integrating with the systems and security already in place—a disjointed approach. A network-centric cloud architecture enables enterprises to use their on-premises enterprise architecture to power their cloud environments and then manage networking hardware at the networking layer. This improves overall cloud performance and provides higher levels of security and control. eWEEK and Keao Caindec, chief marketing officer of cloud solution provider Dimension Data Cloud's Business Unit, offer 10 advantages to running a network-centric cloud architecture.


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