Cloud technologies are no longer the new frontier in IT deployment. In fact, hybrid clouds and multiclouds are quickly becoming the de-facto standard among enterprises across the full business spectrum.
This should come as no surprise. After all, cloud provider revenues grew steadily in 2016. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was far and away the leader with more than $12.2 billion in revenue, followed by Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and IBM Cloud.
Lower price, scalability, and the need for a global footprint are still the major drivers for both cloud migration and the choice of cloud provider. However, availability and the sophistication of emerging technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and image and voice services, which are now built into the cloud platform, are also becoming key considerations when choosing cloud platforms. The allure of quickly incorporating these technologies with a couple mouse clicks and a few APIs is very powerful, especially when considering the time and cost savings compared to developing these capabilities in-house, or finding and establishing relationships with the multiple vendors needed to implement these technologies. Competition is good for customers, and as cloud providers compete, more options, services, and savings become available.
Hyrbrid cloud and multiclouds
Global market intelligence firm IDC predicts that 85% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to multicloud architectures by 2018. This makes perfect sense, since the growing number of cloud provider options creates an opportunity for enterprises to optimize their infrastructure with a multivendor best-of-breed approach.
In other words, even though enterprises still have to make key deployment decisions based on their unique business needs, they now have the flexibility to select cloud vendors based on the architectures the provider supports, the proximity of the vendor’s data centers to the intended audience, and the cost and resiliency of their services, to name a few reasons.
While enterprises will need to constantly fine-tune their cloud strategy as better technologies and new players enter the market, one common requirement in today’s “wannacry” world is the need to implement state-of-the-art security across all deployments that do not interfere with business continuity or the flexibility to experiment with different technologies or deployment modes.
Toward that end, Juniper just announced support for its vSRX virtual firewall on Azure, which will be available later this month on the Azure marketplace. The vSRX for Azure delivers the same Juniper security features currently available to the AWS, ESX, and KVM platforms, enabling a uniform security posture across your entire network
To learn more about how Juniper can help enterprises secure hybrid and multicloud deployments, read this Solution Brief and watch this video below.