It’s Cloudy Today with a High Chance of Packets

As CIOs and CISOs are driving their companies to the digital world, a “cloud first” strategy is leading the movement. With the adoption comes the ability for IT teams to host business applications in the cloud instead of maintaining them internally and needing to ask for more budget to support in-house capacity expansion. But, no matter how much money you pour in, you cannot match the capacity, elasticity, and innovation that the cloud offers.

This does not mean the end of on-premises data centers. Instead, it’s opening up a new world where enterprises can have both an on-premises data center and cloud co-existing – with the right balance. This leads to a more operationally efficient and economical option that is unique to each industry and each business.

Certain business applications may require the capacity to allow a large surge (burst) in data and a dramatic use seasonally that may be hard to forecast. This situation requires an extended amount of compute, storage, and bandwidth during peak times and is perfect for cloud hosting. On the other hand, certain applications are pretty stable and predictable in terms of usage and traffic behaviors but need higher performance and throughput. This scenario makes more sense to host in a private data center.

Not sure if a hybrid cloud strategy is right for you? Let’s use the vehicle analogy. You can own a car and drive it as you wish. With ownership, you get privacy, choice of where to go and when, and control over how your car is used. If you want, you can even offer up a carpool with your colleagues and have them share the cost of gas. The downside to owning your own car comes with the hassle of maintenance, registration, insurance, and most importantly, safely driving it. The same can be said with managing your own private data center. There are benefits, but there are also drawbacks.

On the other hand, there is the Uber model. Similar to a public cloud offering, you don’t have to worry about any of the above issues. You order what you want (Pool vs. Uber X), you get picked up when you want, you relax, and you get to your destination. The tradeoff is that you cannot dictate the type of car or the driver you will get. Same with the public cloud.

Both owning a car and using Uber are great options…for specific situations. The hybrid cloud model works similar in that you want some of your applications hosted in your data center (owning your own car) while other applications are more suitable for the public cloud (Uber).

The hybrid model adds new challenges as IT SecOps and NetOps need to
manage two different environments. In addition to learning new skills, these teams need new tools and techniques. This requires having full “situational awareness” or visibility inside the cloud just like on-premises. As an analogy this is like flying an airplane inside the clouds. You need proper instrumentation inside the cockpit to have the situational awareness and visibility for a risk-free flight.

To support the growing need of enterprises and service providers, cPacket Networks announced today new cCloud cloud-based network visibility-as-a-service (VaaS) solution (read press release and watch a video). The solution builds upon and complements the new Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) traffic-mirroring service – announced today (read Amazon blog post). Amazon VPC traffic-mirroring duplicates the traffic from Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances within an Amazon VPC and forwards it to performance and security monitoring tools (instrumentation). Because traffic mirroring is built in Amazon VPC, it removes the need for customers to deploy an ad-hoc forwarding agent in each of their Amazon VPCs for every monitoring tool they have. This is the first time that using a public cloud like AWS, is available to feed rich packet data to cPacket cCloud cloud-native instances such as cVu-V, cStor-V, and cClear-V, enabling deep inspection, threat investigation, and performance and capacity planning with situational awareness.

With cPacket’s new cCloud VaaS offering, enterprise IT teams now have consistent visibility and control across private data centers and the AWS cloud environment with consistent workflows. cPacket enables enterprises to achieve single-pane-of-glass visibility across the two environments such that you do not need know where a service component resides. The cCloud offering gives enterprises and service providers access to network data for troubleshooting, forensics investigation, anomaly detection, and capacity planning. The result is simplicity, elasticity, and cost savings. Therefore, you can say that although it’s cloudy, it’s now raining with a lot of packets…

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