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June 27, 2023
As network architectures become more distributed and applications continue to move to the edge, organizations are faced with numerous issues in delivering and securing applications in hybrid and multi-cloud IT environments. Top networking and security challenges include:
To address these challenges, organizations are adopting software-defined networking frameworks to connect cloud, edge and on-premises environments and add agility and scalability to improve business outcomes and time to market. Networking and security are cornerstones in these application-centric architectures and the key foundation to build out a consistent operating model across a hybrid, multi-cloud environment with centralized visibility. To understand the importance of establishing unified cloud and application networking, let’s examine the modern multi-cloud networking environment and why it’s the future of networking.
Application delivery has moved from a single origin site in a data center — or cloud — to multiple origin sites across multiple clouds, which provides immense scale with a distributed mesh network. According to a recent F5 survey, 85% of organizations face the challenge of managing and securing both modern and traditional apps, often across a variety of hosting environments.1 But how do organizations reliably connect these distributed applications and services? The manual stitching together of multiple networks and security policies results in headaches for networking, security and DevOps teams.
Multi-cloud networking allows organizations to:
Looking into the future of multi-cloud networking, security and application delivery, it’s important to consider these four factors:
As we look to the future, there are emerging technologies that can bring these outcomes to bear. In particular, the rise of AI provides a massive opportunity for solving multi-cloud networking and security issues in a very automated way that will also increase visibility and insights for clients.
Ready to look at a new approach for your networking, but not sure where to start? Optiv and F5 support customers no matter where they are in their digital transformation journey to extend applications across their distributed enterprise, including multi-cloud, on-premises and at the edge. Our multi-cloud networking solutions have demonstrated the ability to increase business agility by replacing manual processes with automation. We can help customers lower operational costs through increased efficiency in connecting and securing applications in multi-cloud environments — all without needing to change the overarching structure of their business.
Sources:1 F5, 2023 State of Application Strategy Report, March 2023
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