Are your branch-office users complaining about slow application performance? Try offloading your Internet traffic
Branch-office staffs may be scattered around the globe, but they remain central to business operations and profitability. Yet, how many remote-office users struggle every day with the performance of mission-critical business, Internet and cloud applications? Too many to count.
The use of cloud services, the Internet, video, BYOD and guest networks is sharply rising and MPLS networks are getting hammered. CIOs trying to improve services to branch offices are also getting slammed—with unanticipated and unbudgeted network costs for additional MPLS and Internet capacity.
Cloud computing offers new opportunities for enterprises to reduce costs, simplify IT and improve the end-user experience. But it’s also creating some new challenges by shifting the burden of application delivery from the data center to the WAN.
As a result, more and more traffic is going through the public Internet. This creates problems for traditional enterprise WAN architectures originally designed to handle mostly internal, predictable traffic. For many companies, the demand for Internet bandwidth is exceeding available network capacity, especially for high-bandwidth software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.
Following solid recognition in 2012 through dozens of industry awards, Virtela is again earning accolades for our cloud and managed service innovation and exceptional customer support. These awards reflect Virtela’s continuous commitment to deliver the enterprise networking, security and mobility solutions that help empower our customers to make waves around the globe. Here’s a sampling of our 2013 awards to date.
The cloud continues to evolve, and those who adopt it are reaping its benefits. But the amount of return on your cloud investments and the quality of your cloud experience can vary greatly due to differences in network architectures, managed service providers and SaaS providers. For example, in the past couple of years, SaaS powerhouses including Salesforce, Google and Amazon have experienced some major cloud problems, proof that cloud outages and slipups occur even for some of the world’s smartest, most innovative companies.
More than 400 IT professionals at multinational companies responded to Virtela’s recent survey on top IT infrastructure priorities for 2011 and improvement areas for managed service providers (MSPs), and the results provide an exciting glimpse into the year ahead.
Topping the list of priorities are infrastructure management, security, data center consolidation, application acceleration and cloud solutions. Not surprising, really. Having just come back from PTC ’11 where cloud services seemed to be a recurring topic of conversation amongst our global partners, to the customers we speak to on a daily basis, cloud solutions are in high demand given their ability to deliver better, cheaper and faster ways to meet security, application acceleration and other needs. And with today’s IT leaders being tasked with security and compliance initiatives on top of the ongoing management and monitoring of networks, data centers, application speeds and overall business efficiency – it’s no wonder they ranked these as their top priorities for 2011.
It’s exciting – and engaging – to finally see cloud computing and storage gaining strong and lasting market adoption. And not to be always looking for the next IT trend, but I’ve felt for the last 12+ months that it’s been time for additional IT services to start making their way to the cloud…or at least delivered via a cloud-based format.
Well it looks like my wait is coming to an end, given announcements by my [new] company, Virtela, as well as other vendors making announcements over recent weeks, and even the recent Riverbed announcement. There appear to be two primary architectural approaches to offering cloud IT services – either integrated as single service offerings (e.g. WAN optimization tied to existing cloud compute or storage resource pools like Amazon EC2 (see #2 on diagram below), or as independent cloud-based service offerings – either single service or more holistic multi-service IT cloud platforms (see #3 on diagram below).