Climbing onto the Cloud

Extend Cloud Computing To Your Remote Access Network

Climbing onto the CloudRecently, I’ve been looking into installing solar panels on my house to lower my energy bills, but the upfront costs are still quite expensive. But can you imagine if every house had its own power plant? Each home would have to buy, manage and support the equipment and systems, and hire personnel to run it. Can you imagine the cost and complexity? Instead, we get power from utility companies that deliver it to our homes as a service — we only pay for what we use. Similarly, cloud computing stores and distributes data and programs over the Internet — as a service, regardless of the size of your company ‘house’.

Cloud computing lowers costs, improves flexibility and scales operations. With escalating security threats, the proliferation of mobile devices, and growing mobile workforces, cloud computing is well-suited for SMBs with limited in-house IT staff to address these challenges.

While, there are several technology layers that define cloud computing, server virtualization is a key one. Virtual servers can spin virtual machines up or down to handle real-time traffic. This on-demand activity allows companies to pay for IT resources only as needed.

Using the cloud to lower costs and increase datacenter productivity also applies to the network. But, if the cloud doesn’t provide the certainty for remote users to securely access their on-site applications and files — quickly and reliably — companies won’t use it. This is where cloud networking comes in.

Cloud networking is the great equalizer for SMBs without the resources of large enterprises. By leveraging substantial network resources, removing complexities and lowering costs to deploy and manage networks, cloud networking makes enterprise-grade networks affordable to all.

It shouldn’t matter where remote users are, and what devices they use

Remote connectivity should be as easy as being in the office. Remote users don’t want, and shouldn’t need to be concerned with accessing their on-site applications and files. They simply want to get their work done without hassles and interruptions. The last thing they need is to launch a VPN application, and remember passwords and profiles.

As a small business, wouldn’t it be amazing to access top-tier datacenters around the world with massive computing power and redundant multi-gigabyte connections to the Internet backbone? Well, that’s exactly what cloud networking does. By combining cloud computing with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and network virtualization, the entire network is moved to the cloud – and delivered as a service. No need for local hardware other than the equipment providing the Internet connection. You get all the advantages of an enterprise-grade VPN – at a fraction of the cost.

A win, win for everyone

Eliminating network complexity and the time spent managing it frees up time to focus on strategic initiatives and improve the way your networks handle business requirements. Below are some examples of how cloud networking can help.

It’s simple – rather than requiring changes to multiple devices and systems to add or remove an employee, you can accomplish this task with a single click.

It’s reliable – remove the stress of responding to failed connections, and let the cloud network automatically connect users to the closest cloud datacenter hub to deliver reliability and performance. If a cloud access point fails, those users are automatically and seamlessly migrated.

It’s flexible and cost effective – if a new network needs to be quickly deployed because of an unforeseen event or unplanned meeting, a cloud network can be turned-up in minutes, connecting users with the IT resources they need from anywhere there is an Internet connection. No hardware or onsite installation is required. When the project or event is done, shutting it down is just as fast – and you only pay for what was used.

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Marc Goodman