Every year, scores of organizations enter the multi-cloud ecosystem, making the multi-cloud trend real. But, in the multi-cloud, companies encounter an eye-popping amount of complexity at every step that makes the transition a nightmare. At the recent Cloud Field Day event in California, Prosimo showed how it makes handling the multi-cloud transition easier than was thought possible.
Barriers in the Multi-Cloud Journey
In the beginning, when cloud was the ‘ultimate goal’, enterprises were brainstorming over how to get the underlay framework set up that would connect them to the cloud. Cut to today, that is no longer the discussion. Businesses now need bigger, more robust frameworks that span multiple regions and with that come bigger concerns like security and governance. In a multi-cloud infrastructure, that problem becomes manifold.
Native cloud networking technologies don’t offer the kind of visibility a company would require to stay on top of everything in a network this size. And complexity starts to creep in as unfamiliar technologies are brought in. With low visibility and rising complexity, it’s a comedy of errors for the teams involved.
The situation escalates further when it comes to applications. Every company with an IT department older than a decade has a mix of monolithic and microservices applications. The architectural contrast itself makes it difficult to move them anywhere in the multi-cloud, not to mention there is no way to connect them in any efficient manner.
Prosimo Tapers Down Complexity with One Multi-Cloud Network
Prosimo solves these challenges by providing reliable and repeatable connectivity in the cloud and secure connections between users and devices and the cloud across multiple cloud environments and regions. In their 4th year, Prosimo has recently started landing larger accounts with wide sets of requirements. Its founding members come from SD-WAN background and knew that a solid cloud networking blueprint was in order as the world transitioned to multi-cloud computing.
Prosimo tackles the tool sprawl in multi-cloud that is the cradle from where so many of the other problems originate. Their goal is to help customers put together that coherent operational framework that all teams can manage easily.
Mani Ganesan, VP of Product Management at Prosimo says, “This is the problem we’re trying to simplify- reduce the tool sprawl where you can actually create this architectural blueprint where any cloud regions can talk to each other. We take that to the application layer and securely provide access at that layer.”
Beyond that, Prosimo also addresses the observability problem by elevating awareness providing network engineers the means to triangulate a problem fast and troubleshoot without delay.
Multi-Cloud Networking with Prosimo
At the recent Cloud Field Day event, Mani Ganesan showcased Prosimo. Walking the audience through the current set of challenges in multi-cloud, he explained how Prosimo addresses them and helps enterprises get past them with a fool-proof networking blueprint.
Prosimo is a software-only solution that enables what it calls “a full stack cloud transit”. At the bottom of the stack is cloud vendors. Prosimo works with all major hyperscalers as well as other emerging vendors like IBM Cloud, Oracle Group and Alibaba Cloud.
The next level is network transit which is the connectivity layer that connects all the cloud regions and datacenters, colos, edge locations and more. Elastically scalable, the Prosimo network expands to include VPCs and VNETs in any public or private cloud. Prosimo helps build a secure and reliable foundational network layer using all underlays and segment the network so that access can be enabled based on the policy. Prosimo builds on top of the cloud native network capabilities so that instead of replacing the native services, users can leverage them.
Further up the stack is the App Transit fabric where solutions can be onboarded as applications. Engineers can write polices on this layer defining the connections between applications, level of visibility, degree of performance and control the traffic patterns.
With deep observability, operational simplicity and a dynamic framework, Ganesan says that Prosimo enables faster rollouts, reduces cloud spend, shortens Mean Time to Resolve, shrinks the attack surface and improves application availability. “What used to take several weeks to figure out, they all have become pipeline. You click a button, and it goes and builds this multi region fabric, on-boards the applications and networks and then it can be integrated with the CI/CD pipeline,” says Ganesan.
Transitioning to multi-cloud isn’t supposed to be a walk in the park. But if you’ve already started down that path, you’re already making headway. Integrating Prosimo into your infrastructure can be incredibly helpful in leveraging the limitless resources that brought you into multi-cloud in the first place. In multi-cloud environments, efficient operations and consistent connections is everything and Prosimo helps achieve that in addition to bringing down the level of complexity and lessening the burden on the IT teams.
To see Prosimo in action, be sure to check out Prosimo’s other presentations from the recent Cloud Field Day event.
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