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March 11, 2022

How to Prevent Expensive Cloud Routing Surprises With Proactive Intent Verification

by Chiara Regale

A six-figure surprise is awesome when it’s a lottery win. It’s not so awesome when it’s the “Amount Due” appearing in your monthly cloud bill. But enterprises receive these “surprises” all the time, and what can sting even more is trying to explain this preventable expense to management.

Inefficient (not optimized) traffic routing to and from your various cloud instances and other services can hurt your business in other ways too. It can lead to bandwidth and latency issues that undermine network and application performance. And while your cloud users likely have no clue what network path they’re taking to get to the resources they need, if their experience stinks, you’ll hear about it.

There’s a quick and easy way for your engineers to find and fix inter-cloud routing mistakes before they become costly problems: with a proactive intent verification in Forward Networks. We recently announced that Forward Enterprise now supports all major cloud providers (AWS, GCP, and Azure) to create a digital twin of your entire hybrid multi-cloud estate. This use case has been very well received by our current customers.

The intent verification feature in Forward Enterprise lets you confirm that all the traffic patterns to, from, and between your cloud environments — and across your cloud instances from providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure — are configured in-policy. Even if a path works, it may not be the most direct route the traffic could take which creates latency for users and/or racks up unnecessary connection charges for your enterprise.

With proactive intent verification, you can ensure your cloud traffic configurations are in-policy. And you’ll find no more big surprises in your monthly cloud bills — at least, from inter-cloud routing mistakes.

For more details on the intent check feature from Forward Networks, join our technical solutions architects for a demo of the capability in action or read this use case.

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