Move towards more efficient DNS, DHCP, and IP Address management with consolidated views, secure monitoring of hybrid and multicloud network services and integrated management of all network spaces across platforms.
Cloud services are becoming more integral to efficient network management. They require little to no up-front capital investment, are simple to scale up or down as your networking or storage needs change, and reduce investments in on-site hardware provisioning, maintenance and management.
But cloud platforms endanger centralized visibility, synchronization, and integrated management between infrastructure vendors and platforms. Left unchecked, this can lead to overlapping address spaces that cause expensive migration challenges and limit network adaptability.
To take advantage of multicloud networks, businesses need solutions that are widely compatible and capitalize on cloud-native functionality. Without the former the range of options is limited (defeating the purpose of multicloud) and without the latter much of the ROI of the process is lost (due to limited efficiency).
Simply put, ‘multicloud‘ is the use of multiple cloud environments within one network. A multicloud network can be comprised solely of multiple cloud vendors or a hybrid network utilizing both on-prem infrastructure and more than one cloud service.
For network managers, the multicloud’s advantage is diversity of supply chain and distribution of resources. In addition, multiclouds offer automation for streamlining task loads and eliminating misconfiguration (human error) as well as adding redundancy to protect against attacks, all while ensuring a backend-agnostic implementation of cloud network technology.
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By utilizing various vendors, IP infrastructure managers can take advantage of the strengths of each cloud service. This affords companies more flexibility and portability, agility, security and reliability.
Both cloud-native and external support IPAM and DNS services benefit from a multicloud management approach.
Cloud networks can do many things, but there’s no vendor that does everything for everyone. For example, some may offer robust facilities for IP addresses but lack the requirements for a proper DNS solution. Another vendor’s great infrastructure for running DNS may lack the necessary pool for allocating IPs. Due to this, and the desire to capitalize on best-in-class solutions for complex network needs, cloud adoption often naturally turns to multicloud.
With overlay solutions that integrate with compatible APIs, configurations can be freely migrated, replicated, and scaled – therefore creating agility.
Companies who take advantage of multicloud with the visibility of overlays have better tools to achieve better resource utilization across the board, and easier migration and scaling processes to meet business demands, rather than limit them. Furthermore, multicloud networking offers better redundancy – a key for security and reliability.
When it comes to failover, redundancy is key. Dangers from both inside (such as human error) and outside (malicious DDoS attacks or simply hardware failure) can render networks unusable unless they can offload workloads seamlessly.
In the unlikely event of all things going wrong, any one cloud service’s all-encompassing SLA may still have blind spots for your network setup, particularly since you may be using those various services to cover a multitude of different needs. But a multicloud environment, and more so a hybrid environment (a mix of on-prem and cloud/multicloud), can offer reliability by enabling the distribution of resources (i.e. eliminating single point of failure in the network supply chain).