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What is the network’s role in a cloud computing service?

Download this free chapter excerpt from “Designing Networks and Services for the Cloud” to learn how networks can make a cloud computing service more reliable and secure.

The network can be the conduit to reliability, security and compliance in the cloud, or it can be a roadblock that obstructs all three.

That’s the dilemma weighing heavily on the minds of many IT professionals today. A cloud computing service can provide enterprises with the agility needed to respond to ever-changing business demands, but IT pros often can’t shake the fear that it can also go horribly wrong.

A well-designed network can help overcome these barriers, according to the authors of Designing Networks and Services for the Cloud, a cloud networking textbook by Cisco Press authors Huseni Saboowala, Muhammad Abid and Sudhir Modali. 

The fourth chapter of the book, “Networks and Services in the Cloud,” explains how networks and network services will play an increasingly critical role in cloud performance, security and compliance requirements.

→ Download this free PDF to read an excerpt from chapter 4 in the book Designing Networks and Services for the Cloud.

From Designing Networks and Services for the Cloud: Delivering business-grade cloud applications and services by Huseni Saboowala, Muhammad Abid and Sudhir Modali. (ISBN-10: 1-58714-294-5, ISBN-13: 978-1-58714-294-9). Copyright 2013, Cisco Press. All rights reserved. All content is reproduced with permission from Cisco Press.

About the authors:

Huseni Saboowala is a senior technical leader in software-defined networking (SDN), cloud computing and unified communications at Cisco. He leads the architecture and deployment of a custom private cloud within Cisco and has filed several patents related to his work. He holds a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from the University of Bombay and a master's degree in software engineering from Kansas State University.

Muhammad Abid is a senior product manager in Cisco’s services and routing group, where he works on developing technologies that support data center interconnect and SDN frameworks, as well as enabling cloud-based services and applications. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from City University of New York and an executive master's degree in technology management from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.  

Sudhir Modali is a product manager at Cisco, where he focuses on the company’s data center and cloud architecture portfolios. He has 15 years of experience in networking, and  has worked in customer support, testing, technical marketing and product management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial electronics from Shivaji University in Solapur, India.

This was last published in March 2015

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Networks and cloud services are only becoming more closely aligned, not less. As a result, good network design will become more integral to success.
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