AWS networking application defined SD-WAN

Published on 08 Mar 2022

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud is a proven route to help organizations achieve rapid scalability, reduced time-to-market, and cost effectiveness in their IT infrastructure. These benefits are delivered, in part, by automation, greater ease-of-use, and simplified management. Many are challenged, however, with legacy network infrastructure and management solutions, as the complexity of managing dynamic workloads, as well as inconsistency in performance and security, can impair many of the benefits AWS provides. SD-WAN helps organizations overcome this challenge by providing automation and simplified management for cloud networking. This whitepaper looks at how Riverbed SD-WAN can help organizations improve performance, agility, and security in their cloud centric network

The AWS Cloud 

Whether you are new to AWS or a long-time user, the benefits you hope to derive often relieve constraints experienced on-premises. Among them is rapid scalability, reduced time-to-market, and cost-effectiveness. On top of these core benefits, organizations leveraging AWS can simplify IT administration and reduce much of the associated burden:

  •  Provision resources on-demand and pay only for what you use to leverage a more agile and cost-effective IT environment. 
  • Automate resource provisioning, and even backend application management, to further enhance your business agility and efficiency by minimizing overhead and the possibility of manual error. 
  • AWS’s broad and deep set of native offerings provide essential services at your fingertips, such as compute, storage, and database, while also removing traditional barriers into adopting new and emerging technologies, like IoT or machine learning.

No longer do you have to spend weeks planning, purchasing, and implementing new computer resources. Bygone are the days of server maintenance and tedious administrative tasks. Now, IT is thrust into a role where they can focus on core business initiatives and stimulate innovation. 

The Challenge of Siloed Cloud Networking

 Where many struggle when undergoing the transition to AWS is in their network. In legacy enterprise IT environments, everything was centralized, controlled, and self-contained. As such, static hardware-based networking was sufficient. But using these same solutions in a cloud-based environment comes with significant downside.

Mundane configurations and long deployment cycles hinder agility and time-to-market. Weak security and inconsistent performance further challenge IT administrators and limit end-user success. After all this, you’ve effectively wiped out the benefits gained by migrating to AWS.

 Instead, organizations need a solution that can match or even enhance the benefits that AWS can deliver. It needs to be quick enough to keep up with the pace of the cloud and flexible enough to accommodate disparate, moving parts. This solution must connect a combination of on premises and cloud deployments, mobile and remote users, and public and private networks. Without this solution, you’re left managing loosely connected silos.


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