Taming the Hybrid Cloud
One of the great virtues of the cloud is its flexibility. The ability to burst data from a private cloud to a public cloud on demand, as needs dictate, gives IT unprecedented control and processing power. But the flexibility doesn’t end there – IT can move to different public cloud vendors based on pricing policies, location (to address latency or compliance), and other constraints.
All that flexibility is a boon to application developers and infrastructure administrators – but what about the security administrators? Do they get shortchanged in this scenario?
Infoblox doesn’t believe they need to be, and our solutions help ensure that doesn’t happen. We’ve done something that is a first among our competition. We’ve developed multi-cloud support for our DDI tools, so that administrators can create and manage a consistent security policy across cloud platforms.
Imagine being able to configure and manage DNS or IP addresses from a single console for both internal private clouds and external public clouds, whether based on VMWare, OpenStack, Microsoft Azure, or Amazon Web Services. With cloud workloads becoming increasingly dynamic, it’s hard for IT to keep up using manual processes. With the Infoblox solution, you can automate security policies, naming conventions, IP address usage, and more – all with a high level of consistency.
Too often these days, companies have security policies that are stuck somewhere in a binder. The OpenStack community is working on a standard framework for clouds, for example, but it’s still in development. Infoblox has a policy framework in place now for network control functions, which help our users create a consistent policy in an electronic form that can be applied across clouds.
Consider these technical benefits:
- Choose among multiple cloud vendors without significant operational overhead
- Manage IP address capacity on virtual networks
- Reclaim IP addresses after use
- Manage fewer DNS variants
Consider, too, these operational benefits:
- more agility (easier to add/modify/remove infrastructure for application/business needs)
- greater scale (expand infrastructure without paying hidden taxes for time/cost)
- less cost (reduce man hours needed to manage the network)
- more choice (reduce dependence on single vendors)
To learn more about how Infoblox cloud solutions can help you tame the hybrid cloud, click here.