Enterprise workers and the data they use are becoming more physically widespread every day, making it more complicated than ever for infrastructure and network engineers to ensure secure, reliable access. Applications and data may be hosted in private clouds in enterprise data centers, virtual private clouds in managed data centers, or public clouds. Meanwhile, users are scattered between headquarters, branch offices, and growing numbers of remote locations.
A new solution from Brocade addresses the use case of securing the hybrid cloud access and the solution demonstrates how to use a combination of NFV and SDN to secure access and entry to the public cloud infrastructure for enterprise businesses. The use case is part of SDxCentral’s developing library of SDN and NFV use cases to help solve today’s emerging networking problems. In this video, Brocade’s Robert McBride outlines the main issues facing network engineers for securing hybrid clouds and whiteboards the company’s SDN answer to the challenges.
McBride defines a hybrid cloud as a business’ private cloud that has access and bursting to a public cloud resource such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, or IBM SoftLayer. The video looks at how to address three of the main challenges for hybrid clouds:
- How do you secure the private cloud infrastructure to a public infrastructure?
- How do you provide a flexible, dynamic mechanism for users to access the public cloud?
- How do you secure communication between private and public clouds as well as communication between a variety of different types of users including remote access users, branch office, and headquarters?
Watch the video to see McBride discuss how Brocade’s Vyatta vRouter provides high-security connectivity between users in any location, private data centers and co-location facilities, and virtual public clouds. He explains how the vRouter software can be instantiated and installed in both enterprise private cloud and different public infrastructure providers.
Using the single product enables enterprise workloads to communicate across clouds more efficiently, while engineers can create templates for how they want to enact and configure security policies for transport between the private and the public.
To learn more, check out the use case sheet and watch the video, or check out Brocade’s website. Learn about other SDN and NFV use cases on the new use cases section of our site, where we’ve attempted to define and categorize the most common SDN and NFV use cases to help you get the most out of the technologies.