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.
If your enterprise is like most of Forward Networks’ customers, then your IT shop oversees a sizable cloud estate. You probably have hundreds of accounts, projects, or subscriptions across different cloud vendors. There are tons of related objects too — virtual machines, firewalls, transit gateways, subnets, and more. And cloud-native apps? Maybe you have hundreds of those in use or development as well.
Your IT team needs to manage this complex environment efficiently and effectively. Yet, it’s unlikely they know exactly what that environment looks like and how everything in it relates to and interacts with each other. No doubt, they’re also unsure whether the company’s networking and security policies have been properly extended to the cloud. Meanwhile, your cloud estate keeps growing and changing all the time.
Given how critical cloud platforms and applications are to supporting your business, your IT team really can’t go on without access to granular, real-time, and historical insight into what’s happening in your cloud environment. They don’t have that insight for a host of reasons, from the lack of appropriate tools to insufficient knowledge about specific platforms. But they can get that insight with the Forward Enterprise platform from Forward Networks, which presents the single source of truth about your cloud infrastructure in a single pane of glass.
In Forward Enterprise, your IT team gets a comprehensive and always up-to-date view of your cloud estate from a global level down to a specific instance. The platform provides the most complete and in-depth path analysis, custom verification, and visualization capabilities for on-premises environments and multi-cloud estates that span across multiple vendors such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. And if your IT team wants to explore a specific aspect of the cloud infrastructure, they can drill down on the details with a single click.
Your organization’s multi-cloud environment is a big investment for your business, and it’s a marvel to behold. With the Forward Enterprise platform, you can take it all in — every object and traffic pattern — through a single pane of glass and make sure everything is operating just as it should be. To learn more about this eye-opening capability from Forward Networks, read this use case.
Register for our upcoming Forward Fix Live [webinar] to learn how Forward Enterprise can prevent costly intercloud routing mistakes.
Do cloud environments really have to be so foggy? Absolutely not. Yet, many enterprises have come to accept that not having full visibility into their cloud estate is just “how it is.”
That’s a risky position, as deploying or migrating third-party cloud platforms without a complete view of network traffic patterns can easily lead to security gaps and make troubleshooting a daunting task.
Most enterprises today use multiple cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure as part of their hybrid cloud estate. Visualizing their environment for troubleshooting requires multiple applications and often several experts within the team. As cloud use expands and providers release new services, the visibility problem is worsening quickly — and exponentially.
Sure, network and security teams have tools to validate connectivity and security for on-premises networking. But they’re not useful for the cloud. It’s like asking your teams to use a drill to hammer a nail. Plus, each cloud provider has its own nomenclature, methodology, and toolset. What network or security pro has time to learn and master all of that?
Thankfully, they don’t even have to try (unless they really want to). Forward Networks can help your teams make sense of your organization’s cloud estate and ensure the same policies you have in place on-prem are being enforced in the cloud. We’ve extended the visualization, search, and verification capabilities of Forward Enterprise to support AWS, Azure, and GCP. The Forward Enterprise platform now enables engineers to visualize the entire cloud estate alongside the on-prem environment in a single, normalized (vendor agnostic) view.
Want to learn more about the Cloud features of Forward Enterprise? Visit www.forwardnetworks/cloud.
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