Cloud networking introduces a new way to deploy, operate, and manage distributed networking equipment throughout the enterprise networks. It delivers enterprise-class network capabilities via a cloud infrastructure that minimizes capital investment in additional hardware appliances or IT resources.
Unlike traditional hardware-based legacy solutions, cloud networking automates and simplifies repetitive tasks, enabling enterprises to deploy new locations in minutes and operate distributed networks with services delivered via a cloud infrastructure, while providing unprecedented levels of centralized control and network visibility. Cloud services are subscription-based, reducing upfront capital costs and avoiding the need to invest in management and supervision platforms.
Software-defined WAN simplifies the deployment and management of branch offices networks, despite their growing complexity and a lack of onsite IT staff. With zero-touch, rapid deployment, no specialized skills are required to plug in an SD-WAN gateway and watch as it is discovered, provisioned, and brought online.
Using policy based management, a single network engineer can extend their reach to administer hundreds of SD-WAN devices, distributing policy changes to the installed base in minutes, increasing agility and reducing errors. The key technology is the centralized management and orchestration platform which translates business requirement policies into operational rules that are transmitted to all SD-WAN devices across the enterprise network.
Software-defined WAN is quickly replacing traditional Wide Area Networks (WANs) as more enterprises realize the need to rethink networking for today’s cloud-centric world. SD-WAN simplifies the way networks are designed, deployed and managed. It also brings powerful capabilities that increase the efficiency and agility of IT teams, with SD-WAN, many organizations have been able to:
- Reduce MPLS costs whilst improving redundancy
- Simplify branch office networks allowing centralized operations
- Improve application performance whilst enhancing network security
The transition to software-defined WAN is easier than you might expect, as it can co-exist with existing deployments and provide a smooth migration path, providing independence from network providers, improved availability and reducing operating costs.
The objective of Application optimization is to improve the delivery of services and applications to users, enabling the consolidation of application infrastructure, in Datacenters or in the Cloud, simplifies the management and operation of application infrastructure. More recently the reduction in cost and improved availability of bandwidth has resulted in improved performance, however application optimization is still critical where latency and network quality can be an issue.
Application performance optimization employs a number of technologies that are implemented in the IT infrastructure to enhance the functionality of the network. In addition to these technologies, solutions include the monitoring of bandwidth capacity, application protocols, overall network traffic, application coding, network latency, potential attacks of software vulnerabilities and more.
While each of these techniques adds to the effectiveness of a network’s application delivery, the optimal way to maintain efficient delivery methods is to utilize a proactive monitoring system to record and measure total end-to-end performance metrics. By closely monitoring the manner in which particular networks function and by handling potential threats and prioritizing the use of resources before problems arise, businesses can optimize the delivery of applications and services.