Cloud Concentration is a top-5 emerging risk as per Gartner that enterprises must address to mitigate major outages and inefficiencies
It is never advised to keep all the eggs in a single basket. Enterprises that have concentrated their public cloud infrastructure on a single cloud service provider face the risk of the increased incident “blast radius”, high vendor dependency, and compliance failure risks as per Gartner. The percentage of enterprises adopting multi-cloud or hybrid IT is increasing significantly to overcome this risk.
IT/Networking/Security teams are adjusting their infrastructure – public cloud, SaaS, and/or on-premises – to keep up with the latest security and availability requirements. Imagine the case where the sysadmin updated an app infrastructure, and all hybrid users start complaining that they are not able to “find” the app anymore!
What is the issue with Multi-Cloud?
Modern applications are using micro-services architecture which helps in developing a highly distributed and resilient application. The front end of the app can be hosted in one location, the business logic component of the app can be hosted somewhere else, and the backend database can be completely in a different place.
Similarly, some apps run more efficiently in one type of public cloud infrastructure, but other apps might run in a different public cloud infrastructure.
Sysadmins will try to use the most cost-effective and efficient infrastructure for an app as much as possible. That means the hosting location of an app or an individual component can change at any point in time. Unless a user is connected to all these possible hosting locations at all times, making any change to app hosting infrastructure will result in app access breakage. Users will start complaining about app access issues immediately.
The problem is even more common if the enterprise is using multiple clouds and can migrate the app from one cloud provider to another.
Hybrid Worker multi-cloud (Hybrid-IT) networking
Gartner predicts that by 2027, 50% of critical enterprise applications will reside outside public cloud locations. This means that enterprises will be using a mix of multiple public clouds, on-premises or co-location spaces as well as SaaS apps as a standard practice.
IT teams must use zero-trust access solutions for their Hybrid workforce that can support connectivity to all these app locations simultaneously. Expecting the Hybrid workforce to remember multiple “gateways” and which app is available on which gateway is a path to disaster. It will be error-prone and frustrate the end-users. It will also add significant management overhead on the IT teams and SysAdmins.
Cloudbrink Multi-Cloud Networking Access
Cloudbrink offers a high-performance zero-trust access (Hi-perf ZTA) solution that enterprises can use to provide a secure zero-trust access solution that will also improve the application performance under unreliable conditions for hybrid workers.
The best part of the Cloudbrink solution is that the multi-cloud networking is a built-in capability within the platform. When a hybrid worker is connected to Cloudbrink service, they can connect to all app hosting locations simultaneously. The app can be a SaaS app, a private one hosted in the public cloud, or an on-premises location. Users can connect to any number of public clouds and on-premises locations at the same time. There is no limit on the number of destinations that users can connect to at any time.
Enterprises deploying Cloudbrink are free to choose the app hosting location without worrying about access issues. Sysadmins will have the flexibility to choose the right hosting infrastructure for an app and deliver the best performance to these apps for their hybrid workforce. Unlike other “SASE” players who charge separately for user licenses and number of gateways used and feature licenses for multi-cloud networking, Cloudbrink does not charge separately for all these components.