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Four Steps to Optimize Your Network for IaaS

Published: 20 December 2013

ID: G00259040

Analyst(s): Neil Rickard , Andrew Lerner


The performance of IaaS-based applications is highly dependent on the networks used to support them. Enterprise networking and architecture staff must undertake specific activities to optimize performance and ensure consistent delivery of application networking services.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Networking Is Often Overlooked
  • Key Networking Considerations


  • Application and Networking Teams Must Collaborate to Quantify Specific Use Cases and Requirements
  • Ensure Network Consistency, for Applications That May Need to Be Moved Between Internal and IaaS Deployments, With a Portable Suite of Virtualized Networking Products
  • Maximize the Back-End Network Performance Between the Enterprise's Data Centers and the IaaS Data Centers
    • Connectivity Is Paramount
    • WAN Optimization
    • IP Addressing
  • Optimize the Front-End Network Between the Users and the IaaS Service to Maximize the End-User Experience
    • Connectivity Options for Intranet Users
    • Network Services for Internet and Intranet Users

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