3nets | CloudNavigator™ and Data Center Interconnect Services: The Perfect Combination
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Simplifying application workload connectivity is something that all application owners are constantly seeking to increase the speed of deployment, streamline ongoing operations, and deliver high availability for applications. However, all “connectivity” is not alike regarding enabling communications between application workloads in the cloud.
3nets | CloudNavigator™ is a service delivery platform that provides application connectivity as a baseline service, reducing additional cloud complexity by hiding the complex networking constructs offered by the various cloud providers. In doing so, the 3nets | CloudNavigator™ solution provides additional layers of value that cloud connectivity solutions were never intended to deliver.
The not-so-subtle difference between “application connectivity” and “cloud connectivity” is often lost in today’s discussions around “simplifying cloud connectivity.” However, the services differ in terms of the value they deliver to application owners.
As the name implies, this service may be required if an application owner needs to connect applications distributed across many cloud locations.
To meet intra-cloud/inter-region cloud connectivity requirements, customers can often leverage an existing cloud service provider’s highly scalable and optimized internal IP network. However, in some cases (cloud to cloud, cloud to data center), where the underlying network cannot meet the service level requirements of the applications running in the cloud, additional connectivity is required. This is a scenario where a cloud connectivity service is necessary.
Cloud connectivity or Data Center Interconnect (DCI), is a bandwidth service that delivers bandwidth predictability and latency between two or more locations. It is important to recognize that connectivity stops at the cloud provider interconnect in this case . DCI solution providers often work with major cloud providers and integrate with the cloud provider’s direct access technology (AWS Direct Connect, Azure ExpressRoute, etc.). However, the demarcation point of these services is the cloud provider’s gateway. Therefore, these services do not provide connectivity to the application workload. To do so, application owners must learn various cloud provider network solutions and architect primary and backup connectivity from each DCI endpoint into the Virtual Private Cloud that hosts the application. This becomes increasingly complex for initial connectivity and ongoing operations as additional VPCs and cloud providers are onboarded.
The value of cloud connectivity services is measured in terms of predictable bandwidth, predictable latency, and lower costs a customer can achieve when connecting cloud locations. Rapid deployment, flexible and scalable pricing, and open APIs are the additional value that many next-generation DCI providers deliver. Cloud connectivity services can be enabled via a user portal or API, allowing customers to integrate them into their service delivery automation platforms to orchestrate service delivery.
As the name implies, application connectivity connects at the application level. Application connectivity goes beyond “location” connectivity and extends beyond the cloud provider gateways into the workload of Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs). Application connectivity can leverage an existing cloud service provider’s highly scalable and optimized internal IP network and the connectivity provided by a DCI to connect applications. There are numerous benefits to this model.
Contact us at https://www.3nets.io/ to find out how we can simplify your application connectivity across a multi-cloud environment.