Full speed ahead to a resilient hybrid-cloud experience

SDN and cloud-ready infrastructure management helps put hybrid cloud in the fast lane by providing users with more reliable access to private and public resources.

The summer vacation countdown has already started in our house. Like many other families, we’ll be relying on highways to help get us to and from our destination.

According to Time Magazine, nearly 40 million people hit U.S. highways this past Memorial Day wekkend. That’s a lot of traffic – which translates to a lot of congestion.

The Application Economy has created the same congestion on our world’s enterprise networks as more apps, workloads and services are provisioned via the cloud – both public and private. According to IDC, more than 80 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017.

Whether a user is connecting to an off-premise service provider or to an on-premise environment, they need a congestion-free highway to ensure a seamless and productive experience.  But, like many families this summer, they are in for a rocky ride.

In the SDN driving seat     

As hybrid cloud becomes a permanent fixture of the enterprise IT landscape, we need to think more about the journey and less about the final destination.

To prevent customers, employees and suppliers from getting stuck in a cloud traffic jam, organizations need to ensure in real time, that their networks – local and wide area – have sufficient availability and elasticity to cope with fluctuating demand.

The compute systems underpinning today’s cloud environments have already evolved into flexible resource pools that can be scaled up and down as needed; networks, however, do not react that quickly.

But that’s all about to change. Software-defined networking (SDN) promises to put hybrid cloud environments – and users – in the fast lane. It optimizes capacity. It increases agility. And it enables interoperability.

Open architectures like SDN are fundamental to the success of hybrid cloud. In a recent survey, 56% of IT organizations surveyed expect to transform their networks with SDN-based, flexible networking to connect diversified IT environments and facilitate new data flows.

Gear up for a cloud future

Scaling up the wide-area network to meet the demands of the cloud is one way to prevent gridlock for users, but organizations also need to scale up their infrastructure management capabilities to ensure all aspects of the user experience.

Hybrid equals complexity and complexity means limited visibility into the performance of legacy on-premise devices along with dynamic cloud infrastructures, resulting in headaches from multiple management solutions needed to monitor this complexity.

With end-to-end visibility of hybrid cloud environments and the user experience, organizations can detect issues with poor device availability. They can prevent bottlenecks in network bandwidth. And they can keep the cloud highways flowing.

To learn more, join CA Technologies, IDG and industry experts on Wednesday, June 22 from 12 p.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET for the live virtual event, “Does Your Cloud Strategy Deliver in the Application Economy?.” Click here to register for the event.

Jeremy is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager for a variety of Enterprise Management solutions at…



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