Gartner Research

How to Balance Performance and Security When Connecting Branch Offices to the Public Cloud

Published: 17 October 2016

ID: G00315259

Analyst(s): Lawrence Orans , Bjarne Munch


Enterprises continue to experience application performance issues specific to their use of public cloud services, typically due to suboptimal branch office WAN and security architectures. Network leaders must know their options and how to navigate trade-off between network performance and security.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Design the Network to Reduce Latency
  • Redesign Branch Office Internet Access to Improve Cloud Connectivity
    • Option No. 1: Direct MPLS to the Internet
    • Option No. 2: Regional Hub Breakout
    • Option No. 3: Direct MPLS to Cloud
    • Option No. 4: Branch Office Direct Internet
  • Assess Your Needs to Determine the Right Approach for Your Enterprise
    • Enterprises With a Strong Cloud Strategy
    • Enterprises With a Moderate Cloud Strategy
    • Large Enterprises Seeking an Optimum Cost/Performance Balance

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