The term “Fog” has recently come into vogue as a way to describe the combination of data centers, cloud assets and the millions of IoT devices proliferating across the internet. Joe Weinman described this space in a recent Network World column, offering observations on how companies can consider and utilize the various layers of public and private infrastructure that entail a true hybrid configuration.
But there’s another kind of fog that has a big impact on companies working through digital transformation – one that can be a big impediment to a network operator without the right tools. This fog has to do with the lack of visibility into hybrid cloud performance characteristics. It’s a fog that shrouds latency and security issues in mystery and leaves companies open to very preventable business continuity issues that can be found on an ever-evolving, often-volatile internet.
Hidden behind the edge of cloud providers, hosters and CDNs is an unseen world of misconfiguration, overloaded pipes, shielded attacks and broken infrastructure. Every internet network company constantly battles compromises to performance in their space. The path from customers and users to an enterprise edge is littered with constant issues from these networks and assets that need to be resolved or avoided.
Like two weather fronts colliding, when the fog of a vast hybrid configuration and the lack of visibility into this infrastructure come together, there can be a storm. The more assets an enterprise uses to complete a service, the more paths there are between users and assets and assets to assets. The more paths, the more chances there are to experience internet performance problems. And one severe problem can bring an entire service to its knees, waiting to populate a web page or complete a transaction.
Because of the extreme benefits of using multiple cloud, hosters and CDNs and their designed individual internet connections, the forecasted storm is inevitable.
To deal with this challenge companies like Dyn have developed Internet Performance Management (IPM) solutions that offer the necessary visibility and control into public and private cloud resources to mitigate risk, protect revenue and increase profits. Capable IPM solutions watch all of the internet – all assets, all paths, all the time. Whether an enterprise uses one or two assets or a million assets, the pathways on which users get to these assets is constantly monitored. Problems are identified, choices are adjusted and an optimized use of the internet happens.
So bring on the fog of a hybrid, distributed architecture and get the benefits of a virtual cloud future. But make sure to use an IPM solution to watch and manage your expanded internet footprint so that your time and investments aren’t wasted.