Networking

Building a Hybrid Infrastructure—Priorities for 2017

By Keith Townsend

As technologies take new shapes and evolve, so must the IT department and its approach to company infrastructures. The push for companies to become software-focused increases the burden on the data center. There are critical technologies that could help support the transformation.

Keith Townsend writes, “Coming out of AWS Re:invent and HPE Discover, I’m reminded of the reality of the enterprise data center in 2017. The sheer amount of legacy monolithic applications ensures that the underlying infrastructure will exist for years to come.

“Concurrently, new applications and business processes rely heavily on cloud services. The two environments are destined to coexist within most enterprise data centers. Here are three areas to focus on in 2017 to support a successful strategy for hybrid infrastructures.

“Hybrid networking. Networking is a fundamental enabler of hybrid infrastructures. The explosion of cloud services and IoT pose new challenges to enterprise networking. Network architects face an ever-shifting network edge. In traditional corporate network environments, the network edge rules are rigid. Users and data existed on-premises, and the physical edge of the network correlated with the logical boundary.

“The physical correlation simplified the management and security of enterprise workloads. However, the hybrid infrastructure destroys the traditional physical boundaries. Cloud-based workloads potentially exist in any physical location with a cloud provider’s infrastructure. Also, cloud provider networks eliminate concepts such as multicast. Network engineers must understand how to secure, and support, cloud-based workloads and processes. A significant amount of time spent understanding physical connectivity to cloud providers should be a focus as well.”

Read on for two more technologies critical to hybrid infrastructure.