Networking in the cloud: Do it right or just don't bother

Advice Rene Millman Feb 11, 2014

How can you architect and network your cloud infrastructure so it reaches its full potential?

Networks play an important, but often overlooked, role in any cloud implementation. Inded, how the network is designed for the cloud can make a world of difference to how efficiently you are able to offer services to your end users.

Some 53 per cent  of decision makers - according to a recent poll by Claranet - said that cloud’s dependency on internet access was a cause for concern during the migration process. “Services are only as reliable and secure as the network down which they are delivered.” adds Michel Robert, Claranet’s UK managing director. 

As information and applications are moved from the confines of private data centres and into the cloud, many organisations can suffer from a reduced level of control and visibility of their data.

It's clear then, that having the right network architecture in place as a solid foundation is important to ensure uptime and allay fears from the rest of the business that access to cloud services is flaky. So what are the elements of a good cloud network?

Designing the cloud network

Designing, managing, monitoring and securing the cloud requires a very different approach to that of the physical world, according to Trevor Dearing, Gigamon's marketing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

“As information and applications are moved from the confines of private data centres and into the cloud, many organisations can suffer from a reduced level of control and visibility of their data,” he says.

“Compounding the problem is the explosion in the amount of data that is crossing the networks every day and that monitoring tools are struggling to keep up – this increases the risk of blind-spots and outages.”