It’s a fact of life that most multi-cloud newcomers will experience sticker shock at some point. The Infrastructure and Operations leaders we work with at Teneo often tell us that that their multi-cloud environments came with hidden costs and complexities way beyond what they’d originally estimated.
But it’s the day to day management that they and their teams say is most complicated and daunting. From the different terminology used between cloud service providers (CSPs) to covering security, connectivity, and monitoring needs, there’s a lot to master for overstretched teams in a short timeframe.
As a result, many are seeking ways to simplify multi-cloud management, lower TCO, minimize time and resource investments, and ultimately speed time to value. So, in April 2022, Teneo’s partner Prosimo led an inaugural Cloud Networking Summit to discuss these multi-cloud challenges and more.
We’ve picked out the top 5 highlight sessions from the two-day event, which you can now watch on demand on BrightTalk. Among them, you’ll find a mixture of analyst views, how-tos, and free-flowing conversations between some of your peers. We hope you’ll identify with the topics being discussed and appreciate that you’re not alone as you face your own cloud networking and infrastructure complexities.
Here are the top 5 sessions:
1) The Current State Of Multi-cloud Deployments…What Works, What Doesn’t?
David Linthicum, Chief Cloud Strategy Officer, Deloitte, and Author, InfoWorld
95% of the businesses surveyed in an early 2022 “blind” survey (paid for by a major cloud provider) cited multi-cloud as key to their future success. Beyond the general cloud capacity required to support a post-pandemic business world, decisions are being made to bring on additional clouds for specific purposes, i.e., the expanded use of AI and analytics, edge computing, and providing their key innovator with the tools they need to become an industry disruptor or to avoid being disrupted.
With the massive number of enterprises moving to multi-cloud-based deployments, it’s critical to understand their successes with this meta-architecture as well as their failures. Tools such as network abstraction, data automation, and the virtualization of architectural complexity are the top technologies to deploy to make multi-cloud successful. These tools aren’t widely understood today but are nonetheless critical if enterprises want to get the most value out of multi-cloud, and at the same time, remove risk and cost. In this presentation, we review aspects of multi-cloud that you probably won’t hear about in the press, from the large consulting organizations, or even from enterprises that now deal with multi-cloud deployments. In other words, this is the “insider’s” view of multi-cloud. We look at what works. Equally important, we look at what doesn’t work. If multi-cloud is in your future, and for 95% of us that seems to be the case, this is a must-watch session.
2) Tech Q&A: Journey To Using Cloud As The Enterprise Network, With ZTNA Everywhere
Nick Matthews, Principal Product Manager, AWS; Rehan Sheikh, Principal Network Engineer, Intuit, and Adolfo Garcia, Staff Enterprise Security Architect, Intuit (now at Google)
Join this interactive session with speakers from a large Financial software company, AWS, and Prosimo. This session covers how networking needs have evolved as the cloud becomes the center of gravity, and how the need for ZTNA is impacting the transition. Take a deep dive into real-world deployment stories and how an infrastructure stack that is well integrated with cloud-native simplifies multi-cloud networking, security, and observability architecture. The session starts by laying out the challenges of the journey to cloud-native, followed by a Q&A on what technology can meet these challenges.
3) Technology Showcase Q&A: Cloud Journey Mistakes And Lessons
Tom Ricardo, Head of Cloud Strategy and Solutions, Vandis; Erik Bailey, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
The cloud journey almost always starts with excitement and promise but all too often ends in uncertainty and disappointment. Watch this Q&A with executives who are at different phases of their cloud journeys. Learn about the challenges they faced along the way, their mistakes and what they wish they had done differently. Wherever you are in your cloud journey, don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable lessons that will help you optimize your cloud initiatives, achieve success and unlock the power and promise of the multi-cloud world.
4) How Do Cloud Networking And Network Security In Multi-cloud Affect Business Impact?
Ken Foster, VP of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance, Fleetcore; Ben Halpert, CISO, Groupon
Traditionally, security solutions could be easily deployed after a network was designed and deployed. All that was needed was to secure fixed perimeters and monitor the predictable traffic and workflows moving between static network servers and known external devices. But new demands have put increasing pressure on this model. The growth of the cloud in the enterprise is changing the landscape. Today, all components of the network and cloud, regardless of how widely distributed, need to function as a single integrated system. There’s a need to connect to cloud services, applications, cloud-native services, and on-prem WAN simultaneously, and most of those elements also need to be seen as a discrete edge to the network.
Interoperability between dynamic network elements is essential. We must integrate connectivity and network functionality with security. When data moves from one place to another, across and between devices, it needs to be combined with inspection, encryption, and policy enforcement.
But this seems like hard work, and is it even a possibility? There are two sides of the table; CIOs and CISOs provide an insight into honest boardroom discussions. Join this interactive Q&A as we outline if and how the convergence impacts these respective roles and the business they want to enable.
5) Top 5 Reasons Why You Need To Focus On Cloud Networking Now
Andy de Clerck CTO, Teneo; Nirdosh Kumar, Head of Information Security, Handshake
Basic cloud networking allows you to select the services you want to meet demand. However, if the goal is better scalability, improved/maintained security, always-on, business-as-usual availability and, ultimately, true business agility—the question is, why wouldn’t you adopt a multi-cloud approach? In this session with Teneo CTO, Andy de Clerck, and Nirdosh Kumar from Handshake, learn how cloud teams can create consistency in their operating model across multi-cloud environments, how to achieve the perfect balance between performance, security and observability, and other critical keys to success for implementing autonomous cloud networking at your organization.
The session dives deeper into:
- How can cloud teams create consistency and not complexity?
- Why focus on cloud networking now?
- Where’s the perfect balance between performance, security & observability?
- How can you guarantee multi-cloud success?
- What are the multi-cloud benefits that are too important to ignore?
Interested in discussing these cloud networking topics further? Why not arrange a short call to tell us more about your multi-cloud challenges? From there, we can decide if it would make sense to have a deeper conversation. Schedule a time to talk.