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Cloud networking refers to the use of network resources and services from a third-party provider that uses Wide Area Networking (WAN) or cloud-based technologies. The network resources include virtual routers, bandwidth, firewalls, and network management software.
Cloud networking is somewhat connected to the concept of cloud computing, wherein centralized computing resources are shared for customers or clients. It allows internal and external computing resources as well as users to use the network to connect and communicate with each other. It drives more network management functions into the cloud, reducing the number of customer devices necessary to manage the network.
1: Cloud-enabled networking
In this type, the network remains on the premises while some or all resources used to manage it are located in the cloud. The core network infrastructure such as packet forwarding, routing, and data stays in-house, but things like network management, monitoring, maintenance, and security services are done through the cloud or the internet. An example of cloud-enabled networking is using a SaaS network management software or anti-virus solution to manage and secure an in-house network.
2: Cloud-based networking
In cloud-based networking, the entire networking resources are in the cloud. This includes network management resources and physical hardware. Cloud-based networking connects the applications and resources deployed on the web. To perform operations, the network nodes and equipment must also be cloud-based.
1: Lower Costs
Using cloud networking services will allow companies to save on capital expenditures as they do not have to buy their own equipment and software. Also, the cloud networking provider will take care of the hardware and software upgrades, reducing the amount of stress for the IT team. Cloud networking is based on a pay-per-use model so payments are usually done monthly or yearly. Cloud networking is also good for the environment since lesser equipment and space are used.
Cloud networking can free up the time of in-house IT staff, allowing them to focus on other tasks. Your employees won’t have to worry about configuration or any maintenance updates related to cloud networking service as this will be taken care of by the cloud provider. Hence, productivity levels will improve while any administration costs are trimmed down.
Because cloud networking applications can be accessed through the internet, users can view their networking related data at any time, wherever they may be. They need to use a device with internet capability. With the Bring Your Own Device policy of some companies, users can use their personal mobile devices to access cloud networking applications. This helps increase their productivity while they’re on the road, in the office, or at home.
4: Instant Scalability
Another benefit of cloud networking is its ability to scale up and add capacity. Rather than waiting for long periods to set up in-house networking hardware and software, cloud networking providers can enable IT customers to add more of their data, even within minutes.
5: Fast Deployment
Hiring a cloud networking provider is also better than purchasing and installing your own networking equipment as they can deploy IT services faster. Using cloud networking enables users to use new applications without spending time installing and configuring networking equipment.
6: Minimal Downtime
The cloud providers handle updates associated with cloud networking applications. As such, there is no need for the company’s internal IT department to stress about this and they don’t have to bring the system down for updates. This prevents downtime from occurring, ensuring continuous business processes.
Cloud networking providers have strict security measures for their cloud network. Some of the features they provide include encryption and authentication, data loss prevention, physical security of data centers, firewall implementation, and malware protection. This protects IT customers’ data and their long-term loyalty.
Cloud networking technology enables cloud computing to set up virtual machines and networks, do big data transfer, and ensure low dormancy. If you are looking for a reliable cloud service provider, Swift System is the only choice you need to make. We use advanced security features and provide you with excellent cloud computing services. Allow us to take your business to the next level. Call us today for a free assessment with one of our technical experts.
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