- A robust virtualised network
The simplest, frictionless way for a network to be cloud-ready is to be based on a software-defined architecture.An SD-WAN architecture is the gateway to fast and secure connectivity to the cloud and other infrastructure. Once a robust virtualised network is in place, an organisation is ready to tap into a rich landscape of cloud services and interconnect optimally.
- Greater visibility and reach
The right SD-WAN solution offers better visibility over the network traffic between data centres and into the cloud.Users gain greater visibility into the WAN environment and real-time analytics. But as an organisation grows bigger, it will need to manage the network with full visibility as well as having the scalability to grow and meet changing business needs.That’s where software-defined networking (SDN) platforms come into play to support an enterprise’s overall cloud-first strategy. It can leverage on an SDN platform to interconnect more data centres and for secure cloud connection via a global network fabric.
- Cloud-centric interconnect fabric
A cloud-ready network should have access to private on-ramp to a cloud interconnect ecosystem. This means being able to securely connect multiple cloud services with a single service provider.For example, a US-based enterprise looking for cloud and data centre interconnect in Europe and China can stitch together a network across multiple regions using an SDN platform. The SDN fabric also makes it easier for interconnecting across a more diverse ecosystem be it public cloud services, data centres or networks.
- Carrier-grade network
A business relies on multiple service providers for their connectivity needs and will have to consider their network partner carefully. The underlying infrastructure is one of the considerations when choosing a network service provider.At Epsilon, our services are delivered over a high-performing, carrier-grade MEF-certified ethernet network that we continue to upgrade to enable greater scalability and new level of automation.
All the characteristics above culminate in agile and simple connectivity to the growing cloud universe.
However, it is not a given.