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Cloud network services adjust to enterprise demands
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of October 2017, Vol. 6. No. 9
In discussions about cloud, networking often gets short shrift compared to compute and storage resources. But that might change, as more options for complex and data-hungry applications enter the market. Some form of partitioned connection to the public cloud has become the de facto standard for enterprises. In many ways, the most straightforward solutions -- VPNs and direct connections -- aren't all that different from what companies have done for years. But that doesn't mean there aren't challenges, particularly for IT pros with workloads in multiple environments and a globally distributed user base. Major cloud providers have their own flavor of dedicated networking to their global data centers. Services, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect or Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, provide private connections from enterprise data centers to the public cloud or a colocation facility. Google, which has put a concerted effort into being more enterprise-friendly, added a similar service in September called Dedicated ...
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