Making Critical Cloud Connections

Report Summary

Cloud buzz surrounds every technology discussion these days, but what often gets left out of the conversation is perhaps the most critical part: the network between a company and its cloud. After all, a cloud is only as secure and reliable as its connection. Channel partners need to be prepared to help customers transition their network for the cloud. This Expert Series report takes a look at the demands for networks supporting cloud services as well as engineering guidelines to ensure high performance and availability.

Editor's Take

"Cloud connectivity is an opportunity for channel partners that have built their businesses around selling bandwidth by opening up a cloud-enablement practice area. It also presents a risk: as more customers look at migrating applications or compute resources to the cloud, they will expect their network to support that new environment, and when it doesn’t, they will blame their network adviser. So, getting it right is key."

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Identify key performance characteristics for networks supporting cloud services.
  • Discover how MPLS and Ethernet each align with the cloud networking requirements.
  • Learn 11 steps for estimating application bandwidth requirements.