Cloud Environments Are Only as Strong as Your Network: 10 Reasons Why

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-10-17 Print this article Print
Your Cloud Workload Will Evolve as Applications Change

Your Cloud Workload Will Evolve as Applications Change

Today you are running software as a service (SaaS) or infrastructure applications that stay resident in the provider cloud, often locked behind semi-proprietary architectures. This is a logical first implementation that's common to most IT rollouts. The next step is also predictable: a turn to a more open architecture with standards in place for APIs and management tools. By taking this step, you unlock the potential to federate your private data centers with multiple provider cloud data centers, enabling greater workload mobility and the ability to deploy entirely new applications that will require a better network to run effectively.


The usual-suspect bottlenecks in the flow of digital data from point of origination to network, to servers, to security, to hypervisor and finally to storage are being solved, one by one. But it's taking time. With virtualization and cloud computing, hyperscale computing and massive data centers, networks are the de facto foundations of evolving data centers. With the ever-growing number of switches, routers and other devices, these modern data centers are also becoming expensive to buy and operate, complex, inflexible and, according to some, a barrier to innovation. Proponents of the growing movement of software-defined networking, or SDN, are hoping to change all that. Over the past two years, SDN and its enabling protocol—OpenFlow—have gained steam and garnered a lot of attention in the industry. Now IT vendors big and small are looking for ways they can incorporate them into their road maps over the next few years. As SDN becomes more pervasive in the market, eWEEK—based on information from network infrastructure provider Ciena—offers the following set of data points that offer some good advice.


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