As IT teams seek to move more of their mission-critical applications to hybrid cloud environments, they are facing growing pressure to reduce complexity in managing, securing and scaling their enterprise networks.
While public cloud providers are responsible for the networks within their infrastructures, IT remains responsible for the networks that connect the enterprise to public cloud services, as well as within hybrid and private cloud on-premises infrastructure.
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In today’s environment, network complexity can be a nightmare, particularly as you grow your business and embrace multicloud strategies. Most organizations end up with a hornet’s nest of different switches, servers, firewalls and other solutions that don’t always talk to one another and make it nearly impossible to ensure performance, security, availability and scalability with any level of consistency.
Modernizing the network architecture
The answer to reduced complexity is a network architecture that provides a single layer of infrastructure from the branch to the core to the cloud, ensuring end-to-end connectivity and intrinsic security. That means a network built on a software-defined architecture with centralized management, control and security policy at the virtualization layer.