Is Your Network Cloud-Ready?

Is Your Network Cloud-Ready?

The network is a critical, but often overlooked, component to optimize in order to take advantage of cloud computing. Without a highly functioning and adaptable network, the promised benefits of cloud computing such as greater agility and increased efficiency are rendered moot, since your users can’t access the cloud services they need to do their jobs. However, as you move toward adopting cloud computing models, it’s probably becoming painfully apparent that the old ways of managing the network don’t always cut it in this new era of virtualization and cloud.

Virtualization and cloud computing are changing the way IT serves the business, and the network needs to change, as well. It needs become more flexible, more mobile, more dynamic, and most importantly, more automated.

Top 5 Steps to Take to Cloud-Enable Your Network

CA Technologies and Infoblox have partnered to deliver market-leading network automation solutions that can help both speed and ease the transition of optimizing your network to take full advantage of cloud computing. We believe there are five key steps to take, which equate to five areas of automation, in order to truly cloud-enable your network:

1. Automate DNS, DHCP and IP address management to improve the availability and scalability of network services;

2. Automate vLAN and vSwitch provisioning and management to better manage the complexity placed on the network by virtualization and cloud computing;

3. Automate routine, error-prone network operations such as resetting passwords or pushing patches in order to reduce the burden on your network staff;

4. Automate network problem identification and remediation in order to reduce risk of network outages and mean-time-to-repair (MTTR); and

5. Automate policy enforcement and reporting to minimize potential non-compliance penalties.

If you are interested in learning more about the steps you can take to cloud-enable your network, please join CA Technologies and Infoblox at one of our upcoming seminars:

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information about CA Network Automation and other CA Unified Automation solutions, visit http://www.ca.com/us/unified-automation.aspx or follow us on Twitter @CAvirtualAuto.

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Bill Talbot

Bill Talbot is a Product Marketing Manager for Automation solutions at CA Technologies. He has over 15 years of B-to-B marketing, sales and alliance development experience. Prior to CA Technologies, Bill founded and ran VIA Consulting, a marketing services firm that helped high tech businesses transition from being product-centric to customer-focused. He also has held senior marketing and business development roles at Uplogix, GoldenGate Software (Oracle) and BMC Software. Bill earned a B.A. from Boston University, and an M.B.A. with a focus on high tech marketing from The University of Texas at Austin. In his spare time Talbot enjoys being outdoors, live music and chasing around his two red-headed, rambunctious boys. Follow Bill on Twitter: @btalbotjr

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  1. Awesome post. Here’s a tool that lets you build your cloud database apps without coding http://www.caspio.com/

  2. Your article is very helpful since I’m trying to understand more about cloud. I also found interesting information about managing data here: http://www.bell.ca/enterprise/EntNews_newsletter_May_2012_1.page?language=en&EINT=DClandingBanner_052012_en_Insight_emk There are a lot of elements to consider in this constantly-changing virtualization era. The adaptation factor seems key.

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