The key focus today is not cloud automation but cloud provision

According to a study by SolarWinds, Singapore’s IT professionals have migrated 71 per cent of applications onto the cloud. Clearly, businesses have embraced the cloud. This comes as no surprise as organizations are looking to leverage the inherent agility and scalability of the cloud.

However, traditional application delivery models, fall short in their ability to deliver the auto-scale, visibility and analytics, centralized management, security and multi-cloud capabilities that modern application teams demand. Even cloud-ready options often fail to elegantly integrate not only with microservice- and container-based architectures, but with increasingly popular DevOps tools and processes.

In an email interview with Networks Asia, Jonathan Tan, Regional Vice President, ASEAN and Pakistan, A10 Networks, answers questions about cloud computing, technologies relevant for a modern network, and unresolved problems with network virtualization.

What technologies are increasingly relevant for a modern network? What technologies can we invest in now, that are still in their infancy?

Enterprises today require a workforce that is mobile, agile, and flexible. This means being able to access business applications and resources, at any time, place, and on any device. Cloud technology enables this. As such, organizations are gradually moving applications onto Cloud. The drive for business efficiency, collaborative workspaces, and operational agility, has made Cloud technology increasingly relevant.

However, as businesses transit into Cloud, the dynamic nature of the infrastructure makes it challenging for organizations to see what is happening in the Cloud. The lack of visibility makes it difficult to detect vulnerabilities, and take real-time actions. Therefore, businesses need to invest in a solution that offers visibility into data.

Furthermore, the increasing volume of applications in the Cloud raises users’ exposure to cyber threats. These threats are also evolving to become more sophisticated and tenacious in nature. Hence, there is a need for businesses to invest in security solutions too.

Are there unsolved problems with network virtualization? If yes, why has it never really hit mainstream?

When network technologies – ethernet and token rings – were first introduced over two decades ago, each network technology provider offered solutions that had varying competitive advantages such as scalability, speed, and price points. This was critical for enterprises then to understand the nature of their business and needs before making the informed decision on the network solution they require.

This is a similar conversation that enterprises are having today, except that it touches network virtualization instead.

Businesses are aware that when it comes to technology solutions, there is no “silver bullet”. Hence, there is no issue with network virtualization. It is the business’ knowledge and capability to evaluate that is imperative.

With this assessment competence that enterprises possess, as software providers, we need to consider the interoperability factor. This ensures that our solutions can be easily integrated, with the latest updates from alliance or hardware partners.