Multi-Cloud Networking

Multi-Cloud is a big trend in cloud computing as enterprises want to be able to move workloads around to any provider. Why limit your organisation to a single cloud provider when you have the opportunity to architect a Multi-cloud environment.

There are numerous benefits for adopting a Multi-cloud strategy (1):

  1. To get best-of-breed platform and service options.
  2. Cost savings/optimisation.
  3. Improve disaster recovery/business continuity.
  4. Increased platform and service flexibility
  5. Agility
  6. Risk mitigation
  7. No single vendor lock in

Integrating this type of environment is no trivial matter. There are downsides to implementing a Multi-cloud architecture such as increased complexity, training and hiring costs and increased costs due to management and security challenges (1). There are tools and platforms emerging to manage Multi-cloud IT architectures. That is why we have partnered with Alkira who have provided the first true Multi-cloud Networking platform As-A-Service.

Alkira recently introduced the Unified “Cloud Backbone As-A-Service”, which reduces the complexity and time taken to interconnect multiple cloud providers and SaaS/Internet, with your private cloud, datacentre, campus, head office, branch office, home office etc. Offering this solution, “As-A-Service” coupled with a Network Services Marketplace via which you can choose to insert security solutions such as, Palo Alto firewalls (others coming soon) has profound value. No longer does your engineering team need to necessarily consider complex transit gateways and the various networking differences between different cloud providers and on-premise networking equipment. This is all taken care of by Alkira. The flexibility of adapting your environment and the velocity at which this can be achieved because of the Alkira Cloud Network Backbone is truly compelling value.

The Alkira solution allows organizations to turn networking for the cloud from a business inhibitor to a business enabler, while providing the following main benefits:

 

  • Faster time to cloud, with deployment times reduced to minutes in full alignment with business SLAs.

  • High bandwidth, low latency networking from remote sites to public clouds (AWS, Microsoft Azure and GCP) and SaaS/Internet applications, and between multiple public clouds or multiple regions of the same public cloud.

  • Eliminate cloud-specific limitations by building a multi-region, multi-cloud overlay network, leveraging cloud-native and advanced routing and security constructs.

  • Global security policy enforcement by leveraging firewalls of choice and global symmetric traffic steering.

  • Elasticity to accommodate on demand capacity, e.g. periodic high-volume data transfers, seasonal retail customer uptake, etc.

  • End-to-end segmentation between remote sites, public cloud instances, cloud network services and SaaS/Internet exit points for compliance and sensitive or secure applications.

  • On demand/subscription consumption cost model to ensure customers are charged for only the network and network services resources they actually consume.

  • High availability and resiliency backed up by high uptime service guarantee.

  • Above all, deep end to end visibility and troubleshooting capabilities for Day 2 operations.

What we Offer

At Synnepho we work with you to create a plan that will deliver on your Multi-cloud business objectives. We have a standard set of work packages that we can follow. The following is an example:

  1. Business consultancy to clearly understand and document the business objectives around cloud and Multi-cloud.
  2. IT audit, discovery and report.
  3. Recommendation report – proposal.
  4. Design and Implementation.
  5. Operate, monitor and manage.
  6. Ongoing review, need for change, innovate and emerging technologies.

A continued partnership with Synnepho will see us cycle through steps 3 to 6 on an ongoing basis to maintain peak performance for your business.

Sometimes seeing is believing. For more information contact Synnepho for a candid no obligation discussion and potentially pro-bono pre-sales “fit for purpose” evaluation.

(1) 2020 IDG Cloud Computing Survey