Network Evolution Key to Driving Cloud Expansion

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User-friendly interfaces

The cloud network and user interface are two factors that will have to evolve with the cloud for easy use. Just as the Web browser unlocked the Internet, the cloud must become available through point-and-click network connectivity (or another equally simple interface). User-friendly interfaces, network programmability, and application awareness features not only provide easier access, but also facilitate software innovation. Software-defined networking (SDN) and common APIs such as Representational State Transfer (REST) and RESTful Web service are poised to provide the architecture for new, innovative network programmability in the same way standard HTTP Web interfaces and protocols unleashed unprecedented programming creativity in the past.

During the early 1990s, visitors to a trade show clicked on a hyperlink and used the Internet to connect to over 600 servers. It was called the World Wide Web and stunned the users with the simplicity of the operation and how easy it was to get information. Of course, today we can connect to more than 690 million servers, and the Web is woven into the very fabric of our lives. It was the dawn of a new era in technology.

Which of today's technologies are now similarly positioned to revolutionize our work and interactions? Cloud computing is signaling that we are again at the dawn of a new era, and the network will drive the way we use the cloud in much the same way as the browser transformed the Internet.

Today the cloud is bound by the network. To truly realize the full potential of cloud computing, network connectivity must be as accessible and user-friendly as the Web made the Internet. In this slideshow, network specialists from Ciena take a closer look at the networking elements that are driving a new era of cloud computing.


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