Why the Internet Stinks for User-to-Cloud Workload Performance
And what to do about it
The Internet has become the de facto Wide Area Network (WAN) for user-to-cloud workloads. Almost every organization is leveraging cloud services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) to operate.
While the Internet has made it possible for businesses to access cloud services from anywhere in the world, it is not always a reliable network for user-to-cloud workloads. Here are just a few reasons why.
Latency refers to the delay between the time a user sends a request to the cloud and the time they receive a response. The Internet is a shared network, and the amount of latency can vary depending on factors such as network congestion, distance, and routing. This can result in poor application performance, slow loading times, and an overall poor user experience.
The Internet is a public network, which means that it is open to attacks from malicious actors. Cybercriminals can intercept data in transit, steal sensitive information, or launch a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack to disrupt cloud services. This can compromise the security of user data, damage the reputation of the organization, and result in financial losses.
The Internet has limited bandwidth, and cloud services often require high bandwidth to deliver a good user experience. This can lead to network congestion, slow data transfer speeds, and overall poor performance.
The Internet is a complex network that relies on multiple interconnected networks and infrastructure components. Any disruption or failure in one of these components can affect the entire network, resulting in downtime and service interruptions. This can impact business operations, result in lost productivity, and damage the reputation of the organization.
To address these challenges, organizations can consider modern alternative WAN solutions for their user-to-cloud workloads. One example is SASE.
What to do about it: SASE
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is a new WAN architecture that combines network security functions with WAN capabilities such as routing and optimization. SASE is a cloud-based architecture that delivers network security and WAN services from the cloud, making it an attractive alternative for user-to-cloud workloads.
SASE enables organizations to deploy and manage their WAN infrastructure through a single cloud-based service. This can help organizations reduce complexity, improve security, and optimize network performance. With SASE, users can access cloud services securely and efficiently from anywhere in the world.
SASE provides a range of security features such as firewall, web filtering, and intrusion prevention which can help organizations protect their network from cyber threats. SASE also provides WAN capabilities such as traffic optimization, bandwidth management, and application acceleration, which can help organizations improve network performance and user experience.
SASE architecture can improve user-to-cloud workloads by providing a secure and reliable WAN solution. With SASE, users can access cloud services securely and efficiently, regardless of their location. SASE can help organizations reduce costs by eliminating the need for on-premises hardware and infrastructure. SASE can also help organizations scale their network and security infrastructure as their business grows.
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