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Improving app delivery: Make traditional IT and cloud work together

Last updated:May 2014

Editor's note

In most enterprises today, applications are delivered via a hybrid infrastructure that can include private cloud, public cloud and in-house systems. Whatever the mix, networking pros are responsible for making sure employees can access the apps they need when they need them. The secret to success is to optimize app delivery and performance by getting all elements of the IT infrastructure working together. Luckily there are new technologies a network pro can use. This Networking Classroom -- a video, podcast, tip and quiz -- reviews the state of the hybrid cloud environment, separates myth from fact, and helps networking pros learn the options available for making sure cloud-based apps work optimally.

1How cloud helps IT deliver apps to users

Today most companies are operating in a hybrid cloud environment, using many applications that are delivered via the Internet from a provider. The hybrid cloud works by mixing internal and external, and public and private, resources to deliver applications and other IT services to users. What's key -- whatever the particular configuration of your company's hybrid cloud -- is ensuring smooth delivery of apps wherever your employees are. Fortunately, as John Burke explains, there are tools to make this job easier for IT pros. They include QoS controls, WAN accelerators and controls over how access to SaaS applications. Absorbing the material in Burke's tip will help you guarantee that, even in the hybrid cloud age, your department ensures high performance to users.

2Separate cloud delivery fact from fiction

IT pros recognize the importance of the cloud in the modern network, but the technology can be so complex it's easy to become misinformed. In this podcast, John Burke identifies the top five myths about cloud delivery optimization. He explains, for instance, why optimization means much more than compression. Listen to the podcast and you'll be better equipped to manage your network infrastructure -- whatever its mix of cloud and in-house IT -- and provide the services your workers must have to get their jobs done.

3Do you know how to optimize app delivery in the hybrid cloud era?

In this Networking School, John Burke explains in detail what IT network pros need to know about how to optimize application delivery, regardless of how centralized and traditional the in-house IT infrastructure or how complex the enterprise's cloud environment. If you listened to the podcast, viewed the webcast and read the tip, you should have the knowledge now to tackle even the most complex hybrid cloud configuration. But just to be sure, take our quiz and see!

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