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Many traditional network vendors seem to share the same messaging and the same gap in vision regarding #hybrid #cloud security. Conventional network vendors seem too focused on abstracting the existing network constructs to enable hybrid cloud, while ignoring serverless architectures and other public cloud services. The challenge Networking is the foundation of the enterprise data center, and the network is the first place security groups look to implement defense against intruders. Network I/O is now one of the focus areas for increased application performance, and multi-cloud architecture requires a focus on inter-cloud connectivity. Therefore, it’s critically important to have a robust approach to network design as part of a hybrid cloud infrastructure. SEE: Network security policy template (Tech Pro Research) To demonstrate the complexity, I’ll expand on the concept of network-based security. In the traditional enterprise network, workloads are static. Take, for example, a firewall rule stating that a database residing at a permanent network address is allowed to communicate with a set of web servers behind another group of permanent network addresses. This design has served the enterprise well over the years. But, what happens when you move the web servers out to @Amazon Web Services ( #AWS) and @Microsoft #Azure? How do you enforce the rules in AWS, Azure, and your private data center all at once? While at @VMware’s Future of Network conference in 2016, Verizon articulated this challenge, and network vendors have started to address this problem.

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