With the launch of IBM Hybrid Cloud Mesh, application-centric connectivity helps you take back control of enterprise networking.
Private clouds, public clouds, SaaS, on-premises and edge—as organizations leverage a more distributed, robust cloud-based strategy, they can also face more significant management and compliance challenges. This shift to the cloud may have, in many ways, left the traditional enterprise network stranded—no longer transporting the bulk of the enterprise network traffic, which now floats between the clouds and over the public internet.
The probable result of this widely dispersed, distributed world? Application performance is no longer guaranteed, security could be affected and the skills needed for one cloud are not always easily transferable or available in another.
At the same time, for many companies, their applications are their business. Regardless of the cloud provider or where users sit, these applications require dependable, secured connectivity. That’s why it’s time for a new approach, driven by the applications themselves.
The new network paradigm: application-centric connectivity
Today, we launched IBM Hybrid Cloud Mesh, a multicloud networking solution. When it is generally available later this year, this new SaaS product is designed to allow organizations to establish simple and secured application-centric connectivity. This is engineered for network managers to seamlessly manage and scale network applications across a wide variety of public and private clouds, edge and on-premises.
This application-first approach is the next important networking paradigm. It’s also an evolution from the current “fat pipes” method (which doesn’t differentiate between applications) to one that aligns the network to the needs of the business, its users, and its developers, their CI/CD pipeline and DevOps cycles. When it’s time to configure new cloud networks and connect applications, our approach is designed to turn weeks into hours and move from manual to automated processes, with robust visibility into performance and minimized risk of IAM misconfigurations.
What this means for your networks
Given the complexity of today’s networking environments, we purposely designed Hybrid Cloud Mesh around four basic attributes:
Components of Hybrid Cloud Mesh
Two main architecture components are key to how the product is designed to work.
Both Gateways and the Mesh Manager are designed to communicate through a set of open, secured APIs and interfaces.
Hybrid Cloud Mesh is engineered to complement existing SD-WANs, and multicloud networking solutions. You’ll also find crucial benefits that can include the following:
Let us help you take back control of your networks. If you’re ready to learn more about zero-touch network operations, visit the IBM Hybrid Cloud Mesh website. Ahead of the product’s generally available release date in the second half of 2023, IBM will offer clients the ability to request access to the offering via an early access program. You can also schedule a deep dive with our IBM team.
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