CloudVelox offers automated cloud network customizations

Because simply automating migration isn’t enough, CloudVelox extends it offering to cover networking challenges

CloudVelox offers automated cloud network customizations

CloudVelox offers migration and disaster recovery (DR) tools for cloud computing environments. That’s a simple enough task, right? Well, kind of.

The company's software automates the migration of applications to public clouds, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. But its aim to reduce the time, complexity, and hassle around this process is hampered somewhat by the fact that in the trio of functions that applications rely upon—storage, compute and networking—it is the last, networking, that dictates the availability or otherwise of an application. If the networks behind an application fail, the application essentially fails to exist.

That is all very interesting, especially in light of the news from CloudVelox that it is extending its automation capabilities to also cover networking customizations. CloudVelox’s One Hybrid Cloud (OHC) automation and orchestration software is being extended to cover the networking requirements. Enterprises can “map” their existing networking topologies within a data center and recreate that within a cloud network paradigm. The idea being that all of a sudden, migration from on premises to the cloud is quick and seamless.

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The need for this sort of automation is actually pretty acute. Large data centers and cloud environments have complex network configurations and settings to satisfy regulatory and internal policies. These data centers and environments have various levels of internal, as well as external, permissions and access. Additionally, for production deployments, enterprise workloads may be configured to operate in all the minutiae of networking facets—specific sub-networks and VLANs—and use specific IP address ranges as well as physical IP addresses.

Ensuring these workloads can run in the cloud seamlessly would require a significant amount of effort: mapping the existing network design into a virtual network environment within the cloud. This is potentially a red light to enterprises utilizing cloud—the single straw that breaks the camel’s back of cloud deployment.

OHC cloud network customization automates the task of mapping an existing network environment into the cloud network, removing this “reason to say no."

In operation, CloudVelox offers three forms of automated cloud network customizations:

  • Recreate existing networks into the public cloud, including customization and extensibility of IP addresses
  • Map the network from the source to the destination, including network state, security settings, policies and permissions
  • Fit workloads and applications into a previously defined cloud network

The news comes, of course, at an interesting time given that just last week AWS hosted its annual re:Invent conference. AWS is clearly talking a broad enterprise story, and easing migration of apps from traditional to cloud infrastructures is a key requirement to aid in that enterprise uptake.

While some would argue that a very low proportion of existing enterprise applications will actually be “forklifted” into the cloud, it’s fair to say that the ability to do so is appreciated by prospective enterprise customers. Offering AWS’ prospective customers this cloud migration functionality across compute, storage and now networking helps AWS with its own sales process.

“Manual tools that use image conversion or server replication from data center to cloud don’t do much to address enterprise cloud migration and recovery requirements,” said Raj Dhingra, CloudVelox’s CEO. “Large application environments have complex network configurations, and for cloud migration solutions to truly be enterprise-grade, they need to address these requirements. Without automation, the network configuration process can be slow and costly, involving a lot of manual scripting, which is also prone to human errors and increased risk. Our One Hybrid Cloud solution is bringing breakthrough innovation to automate how a brownfield application can be easily migrated or protected in the cloud.”

This announcement is a positive one for CloudVelox and should be appreciated by their existing and future customers.

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