As more IT managers move the datacenter from on-premises to the cloud, enterprises have benefited from increasing collaboration, boosting productivity and growing scalability around the world. But something else has increased, too – concerns about how to effectively maintain consistent network performance within the enterprise. Cloud computing isn’t the end goal – making sure the business can operate efficiently and take advantage of digital innovations to drive profitability is what’s driving the explosion of cloud migrations.
Why do I call it an explosion? RightScale conducted a survey on enterprise public cloud adoption. Microsoft Azure adoption grew from 45% to 52% in 2019, according to its 2019 State of the Cloud Report. With 95% of Fortune 500 companies on the Microsoft cloud, approximately 120,000 new Azure customer subscriptions are being added per month for our cloud computing service. We expect that cloud adoption will continue and accelerate along this trajectory in the foreseeable future. But the transition towards a cloud-first paradigm brings special considerations for the network.
IT managers have three priorities when it comes to cloud networking:
- Ensure that their organizations have sufficient bandwidth to handle cloud workloads after moving to Azure. After all, more applications equal more complexity, and workloads previously hosted on-prem may have deliver a different customer experience. For example, migrating email and implementing O365 at the same time could create inconsistency across both platforms due to competing workloads.
- Assure the performance of Microsoft Office 365, including Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams, for employees who rely on it to get their work done – don’t let low priority applications jeopardize productivity tools required for everyday operations.
- Reduce the organizational risk caused by change and get the most value out of their investment in cloud. “Digital transformation” can only bring value to the business when it supports innovation, but if digital investments are creating more disruption to employee or customer experience, then the cloud is defeating its purpose. –
When businesses come up against these challenges, what is the solution? Ultimately, the key to achieving ROI on cloud migrations means going back to the goal – enabling the business through enhanced application experience and innovation. And that means meticulously monitoring and controlling applications across the network. Microsoft has a partner that aims to address these application performance questions and bandwidth management concerns of cloud adoption.
Microsoft Gold Partner Infovista offers application intelligence solution
Infovista, a Microsoft Gold Partner, has addressed this enterprise challenge by offering application intelligence to ensure quality of experience for business-critical applications, in alignment with the enterprise’s objectives.
Called Ipanema SD-WAN, Infovista’s solution is available in the Microsoft Partner Catalog. Ipanema is certified to run on Azure and is Teams-ready among all supported Software as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. Guaranteeing Office 365 performance is also one of Ipanema’s core competencies, and unlike many other vendors, Ipanema leverages Microsoft’s natural traffic routing through “front doors,” in compliance with Microsoft’s recommendations for a best-in-class experience.
How does it work? Ipanema allows the business to define the quality of experience (QoE) performance criteria they want to maintain for their business-critical apps. Ipanema SD-WAN identifies high priority apps and controls their performance based on the established performance objectives and then dynamically sets them on the right network paths for optimal performance and user experience, on a per session basis. As an example, if a business has identified Skype and/or Teams voice sessions as essential for business operations, Ipanema can prioritize sessions to highest quality links and reroute lesser priority flows such as video to a lower quality pathway.
By adjusting traffic flows automatically based on bandwidth status across all network links, Ipanema SD-WAN ensures that the network can handle cloud demands. Application performance can be guaranteed and protected from low competition by low priority traffic, even at peak conditions. As an elite application intelligence solution, Ipanema helps reduce the business risks that can accompany cloud migration, and it helps the business to maximize the value of digital investments. It decreases networking costs, improves operational efficiency and ups productivity of employees. Ultimately, it can be a critical success factor for delivering on the promise of digital transformation.