Network Evolution Key to Driving Cloud Expansion

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The cloud for a new era

Users can experience the network impact now by 'spinning up' a server instance, allocating some storage capacity, or simply running a cloud application on the current network. Each user's cloud experience will be as good as the network on which it runs. Most Internet connections simply lack the performance characteristics for cloud infrastructure workloads.

Once the initial experimentation has been performed, a user who engages the new breed of on-demand networking that provides scalability, programmability, and application awareness will notice a dramatic difference. The on-premises data center will now cooperate with the cloud data center almost as if there were no walls or distance between them.

By 2034, the software interfaces used today might seem crude by comparison as new, software-driven 'ease of use' seamlessly weaves the network and computing experiences together. However, today's on-demand networks can transform current business and let organizations and users take full advantage of the cloud now.

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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