Creating Cloud Optimization with Network Intelligence

The direct proliferation of cloud computing has resulted in a huge boom in traffic over the WAN. There are more users connecting, a lot more data points, and the modern data center sits right in the middle. Throughout this entire cloud evolution – the infrastructure was forced to change as well. Edge and core routing needed to evolve to handle this influx of traffic and new content. Service providers as well as enterprises deploying demanding, mission-critical applications are facing unique networking challenges.

Here’s part of the issue: Network administrators are trying to deal with new types of cloud growth issues by adding additional providers, creating and applying routing policies in reaction to situations, and rerouting the traffic manually. This requires additional engineering time to be spent. Multi-homing avoids downtime by providing redundancy; however, it does not address congestion-related problems that occur in the “middle-mile” backbone networks linking the service providers and enterprises to end-users.

Examining Routing and Networking Infrastructures

In this whitepaper from Noction, we see how the Intelligent Routing Platform (IRP) adds intelligence to multi-homed routing decisions. It leverages your organization’s existing infrastructure to deliver substantial network performance improvements, optimization of existing Internet connectivity and reduces the cost of operating the network.

Download this white paper today to learn how a powerful Intelligent Routing Platform can truly optimize you infrastructure. Some direct features include:

  • Automatic dynamic route updates based on network performance and cost metrics
  • Customer-defined policies for performance and ISP usage that consider ISP pricing structures
  • Automatic adjustment of traffic levels based on the commit rates set with your provider
  • Automatic load balancing for uniform traffic distribution among several providers
  • Performance thresholds for optimization to individual destination networks or prefixes
  • Routing Policies based on business objectives

Remember, the modern enterprise is only going to continue to evolve under new demands of the user and the cloud. When it comes to creating your own infrastructure – while multiple internet connections offer redundancy, they do nothing more than that. BGP routing doesn’t consider latency, packet loss, or congestion when making routing decisions. Instead, the routes are selected based on reducing the number of networks that packets have to transit through on their way to the destination, regardless of performance. This is why it’s important to consider an Intelligent Routing Platform which can dynamically evaluate your environment and automate the optimization of your network.

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About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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  1. Mike Hammett

    When I last spoke to them, they only affected outbound performance. There was no effect on inbound performance. Has this changed?

  2. >When I last spoke to them, they only affected outbound performance. There was no effect on inbound performance. Has this changed? Indeed, Noction IRP optimises routing only for outbound traffic for now. Inbound traffic optimisation is currently under development and is planned to be released at the end of Q3.