NetFoundry is known as the leader of Application-Specific Networking and we’ve recently announced our role as a global launch partner to Amazon Web Services’ Cloud Migration Services with Lemongrass Consulting. Lemongrass Consulting is a global system integrator whose goal is to help SAP-centric enterprises improve through adoption of digital technology such as HANA, mobility, and AWS public cloud. They enlisted NetFoundry to provide agile, secure connectivity for their customers’ cloud migration initiatives and resulting migrated workloads.
Challenges with Cloud Migrations
Lemongrass found that many cloud migration projects developed challenges such as budget overruns, unnecessary complexity, and significant scope creep when it came to establishing traditional connectivity solutions. These traditional connections are typically transient IPSec tunnels over Internet circuits, which have very limited throughput and performance assurances, or dedicated MPLS circuits, which can take months to establish, are incredibly expensive, and complex to provision.
The AppWAN Solution
Lemongrass has reduced their customers’ time-to-deployment and project durations while streamlining their own processes by enlisting NetFoundry. NetFoundry makes it easy to instantly spin up highly secure, performant, edge-to-cloud networks to AWS over the Internet using our web-based orchestration tools and APIs with micro-segmented networks called AppWANs.
During workload migration, NetFoundry’s web orchestration console enables Lemongrass to instantly spin up secure, software-only AppWANs directly to their customers’ AWS VPCs over existing Internet connections without sacrificing security or speed. Since NetFoundry’s AppWANs encapsulate TCP in the significantly more performant UDP protocol while dynamically optimizing data flows to follow the best performing paths across our global network fabric, the time it takes to migrate data from on premises to AWS is drastically reduced. In one instance, NetFoundry reduced data transit time from two days with a traditional VPN tunnel to less than eight hours with an AppWAN, using the same Internet connection.
In summary, AppWANs provide network agility that has never been seen before. Gone are the days of bulky hardware. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can spin up your network instantly using virtual gateways pre-built for common cloud platforms.
Multi-Dimensional Security for Your Cloud Migration
After workloads are migrated, Lemongrass uses NetFoundry to establish micro-segmented AppWANs between users, data centers, other cloud providers, and the cloud migrated application. Their customers can rest assured that data in-motion is protected, because each AppWAN built with the NetFoundry platform is fortified by a multi-dimensional security architecture which isolates, encrypts, and protects data flows, resulting in zero trust, private, dark networks over the Internet, micro-segmented by application. Inevitably, changes have to be made, such as connections to ancillary applications that may have been overlooked in the initial migration. Since spinning up AppWANs is quick and easy, oversights such as this can be mitigated in a matter of minutes, rather than days or weeks with other connectivity options.
“Lemongrass customers can rest assured that data-in-motion is protected, because each AppWAN built with the NetFoundry platform is fortified by a multi-dimensional security architecture which isolates, encrypts, and protects data flows, resulting in zero trust, private, dark networks over the Internet, micro-segmented by application,” said Michael Kochanik, Global Head of Revenue and Alliances at NetFoundry.
NetFoundry brings agility, security, and speed that traditional connectivity solutions can’t match. Networks can be spun up instantly using virtual gateways that are pre-built for AWS, Microsoft Azure, and other common cloud platforms. Now, with Lemongrass, AWS, and NetFoundry, enterprises can experience the efficiency, security, speed, agility, reliability and profitability that is associated with digital technology and cloud migrations without the hassle and headache.
AWS re:Invent 2018
The NetFoundry team is headed to Vegas next week for AWS re:Invent 2018. At this year’s conference, you can expect deeper technical content, more hands-on learning opportunities, and more access to AWS experts than ever.
The return of our two-hour workshops and our hackathon program means that you can dive into solving challenges and working on a team. The chalk talks and builders sessions give you the opportunity to interact in a small group setting with AWS experts as they whiteboard through problems and solutions.