Is a storm brewing for enterprise cloud computing?

  • CIOs and analysts agree that cloud computing is crucial to business success.
  • Concerns linger around cloud computing performance, security, and control, but companies find that an integrated private cloud offers an optimum solution.

The buzz around cloud computing is over the top with questions around when, how, and why coming from all organizations within a business. CIOs are eagerly talking to their peers about cloud—and many are in agreement that cloud is one of the most critical components of their overall IT strategy.

IT leaders also agree that cloud computing works to help reduce cost and simplify IT, while fostering innovation and helping drive the business. Industry-insider Frank Gens, with IDC, predicts that by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud based, reaching 60 percent of all IT infrastructure and 60-to-70 percent of all software services and technology spending by 2020.*

What radar are you watching to determine your cloud computing path?

No matter where you are when it comes to cloud computing, do you find that your business is still faced with concerns about performance, security, and control? In particular, if yours is a global company, do you find yourself addressing performance inconsistencies from country to country, which in turn impacts your users’ productivity?

Network-enabled cloud combines the best of private and public cloud

Many of your concerns can be addressed by using network-enabled cloud (NEC) technology that combines the control, protection, and performance advantages of a private cloud with the economies and elasticity of public cloud services. Here are two customer use cases that emphasize how to move beyond the challenges and embrace the benefits of cloud computing.

Improved app access leads to expanded project

One customer—a global provider of printing and imaging products, solutions, and services—uses an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to support machine-to-machine analytics and connect employees and contractors to its computing systems. The customer was grappling with login and general performance issues that arose from a two-factor authentication sign-on and hub-and-spoke VPC peering. In short, the company did not want to send all of its internal users though a two-factor authentication process.

To address that concern, the business installed AT&T NetBond® to create a highly secure, scalable connection to multiple AWS VPCs. By using AT&T NetBond with global meet-me points to AWS, the company was able to serve international customers with enhanced performance and a higher level of network security.

Better CRM app performance in the cloud

Another customer—a company that provides employee benefits and employer services to more than 200,000 small and medium-sized businesses—needed a highly secure connection to Salesforce CRM. The company added AT&T NetBond to its existing AT&T MPLS virtual private network (VPN) to establish the connection. The company benefited with a boost to the app’s performance and simplified firewall management The company is currently developing plans to expand its use of AT&T NetBond to continue its success in the cloud. With this solution in place, the customer was able to reduce overall firewall traffic consumption by 25 percent while supporting network seasonality demands.

Maximize your VPN to help drive business agility

Looking for highly secure connections to your applications in the cloud? AT&T NetBond could be a good fit. AT&T NetBond provides a simple, agile connection to cloud environments through your VPN. It offers highly secure, seamless access to your applications and data, dynamically configuring all virtual connections and allowing real-time network elasticity. This helps give enterprises like yours more power and freedom to innovate. Read more about NetBond and our current promotions.

 

*Source: IDC FutureScape –November 2015, #259850

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