Contrail Enterprise Multicloud as a Means to Enterprise Agility
Agility is the new TCO for enterprise IT. It’s no longer viable to measure success by staying within budget constraints. If IT is not supporting the business’ needs to adapt and accelerate, then it’s contributing to the overall risk of the company.
While this is true across all of IT, it is especially true within networking, where evolution has been slowed by a combination of complexity and long refresh cycles. However, if the recent move towards cloud is any indication, this dynamic is going to be tested. Enterprises adopting cloud will be forced to either reconcile their agility shortcomings or suffer as they move forward.
From cloud to multicloud
Most companies have accepted that they will either move some workloads to the cloud, or they will adopt new applications delivered primarily or exclusively through the cloud. This means that companies everywhere need to rationalize how the network will change when the cloud is involved.
The move is unlikely to be that of a legacy infrastructure to a single cloud. For example, some workloads might be better served in varyiing clouds. Some might even only be available in specific-only clouds (think: Microsoft and Oracle applications). For some applications, things like latency will dictate that resources be within a certain proximity, which might constrain cloud choices. Finally, multicloud can be a reality within a single vendor when you use multiple account, regions or availability zones.
And even if none of these constraints shape cloud choices, the desire to treat cloud providers like any other supplier will certainly mean that enterprises will adopt second, and potentially third, cloud providers.
However you choose to get there, the result is that the future for enterprise isn’t just cloud, it’s multicloud.
Changes in operations
It almost goes without saying that a change in infrastructure will lead to a change in operations. As enterprises grapple with different computes like bare metal servers, virtual machines and containers, which are managed through popular orchestration tools such as Kubernetes, OpenStack and beyond, they will have to adapt their operations.
And this gets even harder when you employ domain-specific or vendor-specific services and tools unique to specific cloud providers. Enterprises might use CloudFormations in AWS and rely on ARM templates for Azure-based workloads, for instance.
Security, too, will need to be addressed, not just for individual clouds but across multiclouds. This leads to management challenges with distributed firewalls, along with overlay management and service function chaining.
Multiple clouds, one orchestration solution
If complexity is the enemy, moving enterprise IT to multiple clouds could represent a real threat. If the move to multicloud means that enterprises have to adopt a new set of tools and operating procedures for each cloud, then cost and effort will skyrocket, both of which can impact overall IT velocity.
Indeed, the future of enterprise IT in a cloud-native world dictates that there be orchestration platform that supports multicloud and operates across heterogeneous environments. Because of the combination of policy and security, it has to manage both overlays and microsegmentation solutions. It has to operate with a number of over-the-top systems, like the previously mentioned Kubernetes, Docker and the like. And it has to extend from bare metal servers to virtual instances residing in any cloud environment.
Contrail Enterprise Multicloud
With Contrail, Juniper Networks has a set of capabilities that span both overlays and microsegmentation. We have extended the management capabilities to cover off multicloud deployments, allowing customers to manage distributed resources as a single, enterprise-wide fabric.
Contrail Enterprise Multicloud moves networking beyond carrier- and enterprise-grade into what really is best described as cloud-grade networking. And with our efforts to ensure that it remains in the open source world, we are well along the path to developing an open alternative to Cisco’s ACI.
By integrating with Juniper’s AppFormix, we are further adding infrastructure and application monitoring in a bid to provide very high degrees of automation in secure multicloud deployments. By leveraging AppFormix’s machine learning core, we can move from reactive to responsive and eventually adaptive infrastructure.
With Contrail Enterprise Multicloud, Juniper is handling the complexity of networking and security so that enterprises can focus their time and money taking care of the business.
Read Jacopo Pianigaini’s blog to learn more about the technical details of Contrail Enterprise Mulitcloud.