How does cloud computing affect the network? A short question, but the answers are many and varied. This collection examines the subject of cloud computing networks from many angles, from the basics of terminology to the latest advances, like software-defined networking. If your enterprise is considering the cloud, or already there, this guide is essential for you.
The basics of cloud and the network
To fashion a secure network in the cloud era, it is important to get the basics under your belt. This section offers an overview of cloud history, covers the basics of a cloud-computing architecture, and looks at key issues like visibility, cloud types and more.
In this primer you'll get the basics of the new shape of the cloud computing network architecture, including an explanation of flat, leaf-spine topology, how to reduce latency and balance bandwidth and more. Continue Reading
This timeline takes you through cloud's bumpy history and suggests what's ahead for this technology. Continue Reading
You need to see into your hybrid cloud; here are ways to create the necessary observation posts. Continue Reading
Unifying public and private cloud resources offers some great benefits, but there are also challenges that make the IT team question its role in a hybrid cloud environment. Continue Reading
Connecting to the cloud
There are so many basic cloud variations -- private, public, hybrid -- and so many ways in which vendors and enterprises can use them. At the core, though, is cloud networking -- that is, connecting the cloud to those on the network who need to use it. This module looks the details of developing your approach to cloud networking.
How network administrators can prep now for high-demand workloads and failover in their private cloud. Continue Reading
WAN and the cloud
Where do the cloud and the wide area network (WAN) intersect in your enterprise? And how do you get the best performance from each? This module breaks it all down and guides you to the best way to use cloud with your WAN.
Learn what experts have to say about improving enterprise cloud performance over the WAN. Continue Reading
SDN and the cloud
Software-defined networking (SDN) is key to the future of networking, and it seems poised to solve a lot of thorny cloud-network issues too. This section looks at how SDN will affect the network, cloud security, data centers, and consider, too, how OpenFlow factors in.
Manual networks are clogging the otherwise-automated private cloud process. Are SDN and network virtualization the solution? Continue Reading
Once unthinkable, thanks to SDN and other IT advances virtual data centers migrated between cloud providers should soon be a reality. Continue Reading
High computing performance requires cloud automation; software-defined networking and OpenFlow seem to be the glue that could hold it all together. Continue Reading
Security and the cloud
When it comes to computers, and networks, security is always a top issue. This module offers a primer on security in cloud computing and how to make sure your cloud-connected network stays safe.
The definition of cloud computing isn't always clear, but clarity is essential for security pros to do their job. Continue Reading
Enterprise customers seek a secure, predictable public cloud network. Continue Reading
Key cloud network terms to know
To understand the issues related to cloud and networking requires some basic terminology. Is your vocabulary current?