In the first two blogs of this series, “CLOUDWAN and the Journey to the Edge Computing World,” I shared my insights on how and why global enterprises are on the path of transitioning from existing all powerful centralized IT infrastructure to a next generation in which decentralization and convergence play a key role. In our third and final blog of the series, I will discuss what the journey will look like, as well as what we need to know about owning and operating enterprise IT once we get there.
What does this next generation infrastructure need to look like in this world of convergence and the Edge? Two main themes dominate this view of the near future. First, IT capability will need to be nimble and move at the speed of software. Second, everything from the Cloud down to edge applications will need to be part of a policy of managed, agile, continuous infrastructure. The changing enterprise demands that IT environments be unburdened with the current standard of pervasive operations at human speed, where a few key IT personnel are tasked with understanding and “owning” key hardware elements. The next generation network demands that change happens at hardware speed and independent of single threaded knowledge, availability and understanding.
But to get to the reality of this vision of the enterprise future, we need to successfully undertake an eight-step journey:
- Overlay Network (SD-WAN) – We start with a centralized managed overlay network that unifies and virtualizes the WAN.
- Global Traffic Visibility – Deep insights into our networks and applications everywhere will allow Edge changes that are based on real metrics, not hunches or assumptions.
- Legacy Network Transition – With greater visibility to the real needs and performance of our networks, we can transition our legacy network at a pace we dictate – and that modern business requires.
- Internet Break Out – As we transition, we can start to break out traffic and services that can go directly to SAAS and service providers, thereby alleviating pressure on our private network links.
- Hybrid Traffic Management – We can start using inexpensive broadband to backhaul low priority traffic rather than route it across our expensive business units.
- Public Cloud Connection – We can directly and securely connect our public clouds to overlay networks, thereby unifying our management, connections and capabilities.
- NFV – We replace stacks of physical appliances with local virtual ones.
- Distributed Edge – We deploy, operate, secure and manage vast local services.
Once you complete the journey you arrive at the Edge. That means you are able to enable distributed local applications, drive operations with DevOps and truly manage an infrastructure as a living cohesive capability, rather than a tectonic plate that moves at glacial speed.
With CLOUDWAN, we are providing enterprises with a single solution to enable a distributed edge. That means speed and agility of overlay networks; delivery, management, integration, and control of NFV and network orchestration; and applications at the edge of the network. Take IT to the Edge. For more information on CLOUDWAN, visit www.cloudwan.io