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How to Optimize Your Enterprise Network for Hybrid Cloud

Published: 13 January 2016

ID: G00292476

Analyst(s): Simon Richard

Summary

The data center is not the center of the world anymore. Before the era of hybrid cloud computing, enterprises optimized their WAN for data center connectivity. This document guides cloud architects on optimizing WANs for IaaS and SaaS connectivity and evaluates emerging technologies such as SD-WAN.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
  • Architect the Transport Layer
    • Private or Public?
    • Distributing the Internet Access Points to Reduce Latency Center
    • Colocation Hub
    • Leveraging Your Existing Network Topology: Cloud Overlay Solutions
    • Connecting to Virtual Private Clouds
  • Modernize Your WAN Access Layer
    • SD-WAN Technology Definition
    • SD-WAN and Hybrid Cloud Networking
  • Evolve the Service Layer
    • Types of Services
  • Follow Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Inertia
  • Not Linking Back to the Cloud Strategy Requirements
  • Buy-In From the Operations Team
  • Security
  • Lock-In
  • Related Guidance

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