Businesses need more than one way to achieve multicloud

The term multicloud is one of the more overused terms in IT circles today. At its most basic level, any customer that uses more than one cloud service could be considered multicloud. But that’s not really multicloud, that’s just using multiple clouds. True multicloud should enable businesses to use some combination of private and public clouds, but operationally it would look like a single cloud domain.   

There’s not one well-defined path to multicloud. In fact, there shouldn’t be. Every business is different, which means everyone needs options. Some will migrate quickly, some slowly, some will forklift upgrade hardware, and others will sweat their assets. The problem with options is that they add to complexity, and that has become public enemy number one of network operations. Network professionals need to worry about managing the underlay, managing overlay, maintaining policies, automating processes, and other factors to make multi-cloud a reality.

What customers need is a solution that can help manage all of the required resources across the entire network — end to end — from branch to campus, to data center across the WAN and to cloud.

Juniper Contrail aims to enable multicloud

This is the vision Juniper Networks has been working toward since it’s Contrail Multicloud launch earlier this year. At that time, the company announced several new network products to give it an end-to-end solution at the connectivity layer. This release, called Contrail Enterprise Multicloud, is directed more “up the stack” and focuses on end-to-end visibility, security, and orchestration, so customers can utilize public and private clouds and manage the overlay and underlay as a single environment.

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