Posts Tagged ‘cloud deployment’

Many businesses, small- to mid-size ones in particular, strive to consolidate the number of vendors they use. Going to a single network, server, or storage provider creates “one throat to choke”, simplifies purchasing, and makes supporting the environment easier. It’s often normal to give every employee the same computer with the same software image on it that’s preloaded with every application that everyone across the company needs because that’s easier than trying to juggle numerous ones.

Cloud has obviously become one of the biggest, if not the biggest, topics of conversation in the tech industry today. I’ve done a number of presentations, panels and roundtables on the subject and the big topic of conversation is always security and deployment strategy, which makes sense based on where we are in the evolution of cloud. However, I do think one of the often overlooked topics of investigation is the impact on the network and how to optimize user experience.

Legacy networks are built with a “hub and spoke” design. That is, all branches connect to a single “hub” location from which they receive network-enabled services, including Internet access. So, with the hub and spoke design, all traffic, in effect, “trombones” where it comes into the central location and then back up one of the spokes to a branch office.

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