Enabling control, consistency and visibility to public cloud networking

As enterprises adopt multi-site, multi-provider hybrid cloud solutions, networking technologies that provide a common user experience including configuration, troubleshooting and operations management are needed to avoid deploying a bunch of silos. That applies equally to configuration, troubleshooting, and operations management.

Many IT organizations also want to extend governance to public cloud logical networks – such as virtual private cloud (VPC) or virtual network (vNet); which requires consistent abstractions.

Big Cloud Fabric – Public Cloud helps IT manage public cloud deployments

Agility with different levels of control is business critical, as IT may need to oversee application VPCs, control transit VPCs, or operationally manage all VPCs. They need to balance time to market with governance. That’s where Big Cloud Fabric – Public Cloud (BCF-PC) comes in.

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Big Cloud Fabric – Public Cloud offers VPC visibility, single-pane-of-glass configuration, and troubleshooting for enterprises that require control and governance when outsourcing applications as part of their hybrid cloud strategy.

Big Switch Networks built BCF-PC from the ground-up to control and manage logical networks (VPCs and vNets) across multiple public clouds.

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As shown in the AWS example, Big Cloud Fabric – Public Cloud network definitions closely match the cloud provider definitions. The commonality equips BCF to support IT in defining VPC-based networks for both enterprise and cloud provider networks.

Big Cloud Fabric – Public Cloud supports critical network ops tasks

BCF-PC gives enterprise network teams the tools to configure and manage VPCs in the public cloud.

      • Discovery and visibility of VPCs already configured within an AWS user account. Customers can pull inventory, usage, and configuration data to run compliance checks.
      • VPC connectivity and latency checks Via the Big Cloud Fabric Public Controller GUI, network ops can check connectivity between EC2 instances, including latency measurements, and the communication path through the fabric. BCF-PC has a comprehensive understanding of the communication path of all of the networking services within the VPC and across the VPCs. This helps quickly resolve connectivity issues.

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Cloud Fabric – Public Cloud offers two VPC connectivity views. The diagram (top) depicts the configuration intent. The summary table (bottom) shows the runtime state of the communication across the fabric between two endpoints. Access to both views at once significantly reduces the mean time to resolution.

      • Configuration of application and transit VPCs to control the flow of communications between different VPC tenant organizations, within the cloud, or between the cloud and the enterprise VPCs. Customers can restrict application VPCs to east-west only where all communications stay local or configure transit VPCs where communication can go to other locations.
      • Fabric Analytics allow customers to take advantage of predefined analytics dashboards with data on VPC history and traffic between EC2 instances.
      • Global view of multiple sites with hundreds of VPCs via Multi-Cloud Director, which offers a centralized database for VPC inventory, configurations, and backup configurations, as well many other administrative activities that are best optimized centrally.

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A screenshot shows a more detailed configuration of the VPCs, including the routes, subnets, and Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) settings.

Two BCF versions work together to deliver on the hybrid cloud promise

To simplify life for network teams that manage hybrid cloud deployments, both BCF-PC and its companion version, Big Cloud Fabric – Enterprise Cloud (BCF-EC), provide the same user experience, tenant pools, compliance checks, and best practice troubleshooting, via the uniformity of configuring VPCs and vNets.

In fact, BCF-EC is the first switching fabric to leverage the public cloud’s logical networking construct to offer tenant-centric enterprise VPC (eVPC). IT users can rapidly configure on- premise eVPC (or tenant) with cloudlike logical constructs, such as segments, logical router, and system router.

The benefits here are significant. Abstracting the network enables IT organizations to make cloud choices more strategically. IT can then select locations with the best economics, the best data privacy, the best country compliance, and the best agility. BCF-PC pairs with on-premises BCF-EC to bring organizations the tools to turn the promise of hybrid cloud into reality.