Simplify Distributed App Security and Services with Multi-Cloud Networking

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Dave Morrissey
Published October 25, 2023

If you’re like many enterprises, your cloud journey started by adding a private cloud to your on-premises environment to harness the benefits of agility, scale, performance, and cost efficiency in a dedicated cloud environment. And like many organizations, you realized further down the road that your business could greatly benefit from the wealth of tools and platform capabilities of a public cloud provider like AWS that aren’t available in a private cloud. This distributed environment has become the norm, with 87% of organizations currently supporting multi-cloud environments.

Brace for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Networking Challenge Collisions

The realities of distributed environments present the challenge of reliably and securely connecting and operating your multiple cloud environments. This is especially true as each cloud has its own set of tools, APIs, and networking configurations that naturally don’t work together. Coordinating and integrating these diverse components, each with its own portals and dashboards, makes it increasingly tricky to rapidly provision network and application connectivity across environments and requires specialized knowledge and expertise.

Ensuring seamless compatibility between traditional enterprise networking equipment and public cloud networking constructs such as security groups, network peering, and policies to steer traffic can be highly complex. Different providers vary in networking protocols, security tools, and data transfer and storage methods. Achieving interoperability and smooth integration between these environments significantly hampers your ability to deploy applications.

Maintaining consistent security and compliance across multiple cloud environments can also be challenging. Each provider has its own security frameworks and access controls. Ensuring that security policies, encryption methods, and access controls are uniformly applied across all your environments is complicated and requires careful coordination. Network operations teams must ensure that whatever platform they introduce doesn’t add potential security risks to your business.

Streamline Multi-Cloud Networking and App Security with F5 and AWS

F5 Distributed Cloud Network Connect, among multi-cloud networking solutions from F5, delivers high-performance networking and security across hybrid environments. It allows you to rapidly connect your distributed applications across public and private clouds, edge sites, and on-premises data centers while maintaining common policies and operational procedures using a single SaaS-based management platform. It provides automated provisioning to connect your cloud instances in minutes, reducing complexity, and increasing efficiency.

Distributed Cloud Network Connect enables full multi-tenancy and self-service capabilities for collaboration across your DevOps, NetOps, and SecOps teams and supports commonly used tools such as Opsgenie and Slack for alerting and Splunk and Datadog for security information and event management (SIEM). This can simplify life for DevOps and SecOps so they can integrate and utilize the tools they love in your AWS cloud, public cloud, and on-premises environments.

Reduce Multi-Cloud Operating Complexity with F5 and AWS

F5 Distributed Cloud App Connect simplifies operations with automated configuration of native public cloud networking resources and seamlessly connects your AWS cloud with your private cloud. Distributed Cloud App Connect lets you disseminate microservices in AWS and a private cloud or data center. It provides continuous network visibility across all your sites and clouds for rapid troubleshooting and issue resolution.

Distributed Cloud App Connect significantly reduces operational complexity and time spent deploying apps and services across your on-premises, private cloud, and AWS environments. It enables app-to-app connectivity and accelerates application deployment by reducing networking issues with IP overlap and routing. It offers fine-grained controls for API access and intent-driven policies, which can be distributed across all your sites and clouds, making it easy to harness the benefits of your AWS platform from any connected environment.

F5 and AWS Solutions Enhance Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Infrastructure with Cloud Integration

You benefit from reduced operational complexity and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with centralized management and an integrated service stack for uniform services and policy across all your clouds and sites. The F5 Distributed Cloud Platform provides native integration and automation of services, including routing, access, and segmentation, to abstract complexity and accelerate deployment time by simplifying ongoing operations across multiple clouds.

Simply put, multi-cloud networking solutions from F5 allow you to manage and operate your AWS cloud applications and networking alongside private clouds and data centers and meet your security and regulatory needs while minimizing the operational burden of managing multiple underlying networks. The F5 Distributed Cloud Platform easily and securely connects all your on-premises, public clouds, hybrid clouds, and edge sites via a singular agile SaaS-based service for operational simplicity and rapid provisioning of your network and application connectivity.

Learn how to easily and securely connect networks and distributed applications and services across public clouds, hybrid clouds, on-premises environments, and edge sites with F5 Distributed Cloud Network Connect and F5 Distributed Cloud App Connect.