Extending AWS Cloud Native Services for Cloud Networking
How Enterprises can put together disparate services from AWS in their Cloud Networking Architecture
AWS has been one of the defacto cloud providers that most organizations use to take advantage of the numerous benefits of the cloud. Multiple network services are available for Cloud architects planning to build their network in AWS, which are just enough to get started. While Gartner admits that native networking capabilities from cloud providers are good enough for many instances, there are notable gaps when putting together all these individual tools to solve enterprise-specific use cases at scale. In addition, there are required advanced networking features overlapping IP addresses, Application layer segmentation, business-to-business ( B2B) access, Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), etc.
Organizations kicking off their cloud journey can leverage the native networking services within AWS as building blocks to implement a variety of use cases. These use cases are typically focused on connectivity and segmenting their VPCs and network segments within and across their AWS regions and data centers.
The networking services within AWS are discussed in the following categories:
- Network layer Connectivity – Connectivity and routing needs of the VPCs and network segments in their DCs can be achieved using Transit Gateway (TGW), peering attachment, CLoudWAN, and so on.
- App layer connectivity – Connectivity can be achieved using a private link, network Loadbalancers, etc.
- Security of the cloud network can be achieved using native functions like traffic encryption, NSGs, AWS Guard Duty, and Managed FW).
- Fault Tolerance and high availability can be achieved using EKS, Cloud Formation, gateway Loadbalancers, etc.
- Traffic Optimization by leveraging the AWS backbone, global accelerator.
Knowing when and where to use these cloud-native functions requires a skill-set that takes time to acquire, time that impacts any cloud-related project timelines. Additionally, manually combining these cloud-native functions significantly makes the network difficult to operate and manage, as it scales to thousands of VPCs across regions. Suboptimal traffic routing, inconsistent security policies, and poor application performance/user experience are some of the issues Prosimo customers have highlighted when building their cloud network.
Cloud-Native Solution for a
The key to avoiding these pitfalls is to have a software solution with cloud fluency, programmability, and automation and to sit above the native network functions, among other capabilities, as suggested by Gartner. These are some of the many capabilities Prosimo customers enjoy when running the Application Experience Infrastructure(AXI) Platform in their cloud environment.
The Platform is the only cloud networking solution built on a flexible Kubernetes architecture that understands and speaks the language of cloud-native infrastructure. As Prosimo is cloud-native, it establishes connectivity by working in concert with individual cloud service providers’ most efficient network services without the bottlenecks of monolithic virtual appliances. The Prosimo Platform:
- Orchestrates connectivity between native network functions in the cloud provider’s environment.
- Selects the best possible path for traffic.
- Provides you with a global view of your cloud networks and applications.
Prosimo and AWS – Unified Cloud-Native Transit
Turn AWS backbone into express lanes to balance cost versus performance requirements.
Orchestrates AWS Global accelerator(GA) for optimal performance for latency-sensitive apps.
Adds other L4-L7 optimizations capabilities(caching, compression, etc.,) native within the Prosimo platform.
These capabilities enable organizations to implement ZTNA for users with consistent and optimal application performance and experience.
With Prosimo, organizations gain the flexibility to take advantage of the many networking services AWS offers to build a cloud network. In addition, they can implement a variety of use cases using advanced networking features native to the platform.
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