Ubyon collaborates with AWS to deliver major advances in Enterprise Cloud Networking
Enterprise networking is undergoing major transitions in securely accessing, interacting, and realizing resources and network infrastructure.
End-users, workloads and workflows are rapidly getting more distributed along multiple dimensions:
- Distributed Workplaces: With the advent of COVID, enterprises were forced to rapidly adopt “Work from Anywhere” (WFA) as a practice across the workforce. These WFA practices are here to stay even in the post-COVID world. Employees in many enterprises are now free to work from anywhere including homes, hotels, coffee shops, work hotels, campuses and branches. This distribution of the Workplace ensures work activity is increasingly carried out from any location and at any time.
- Distributed Workloads: A significant percentage of end-users are now accessing applications and workloads primarily hosted in cloud and SaaS providers. These workloads are becoming layered compositions of separate but cooperating workloads built on top of multi, distributed, and hybrid architectures.
- Distributed Workspaces: Workspaces are undergoing a dramatic transformation with the adoption of virtualization and Virtual Workspaces. Product offerings like AWS Workspaces from AWS, GitHub Codespaces and a variety of other Desktop-as-a-Service offerings are now shifting software from client devices to the cloud thereby “thinning out” the client. This shifting of client software into the cloud edge carries important network implications. First and foremost is that a significant portion of user-to-app interactions would originate and terminate entirely inside the major cloud providers. The growing WAN interactions result in what might have been formerly considered as “North-South” interactions now becoming “East-West”.
These network changes have a profound and dramatic impact on traffic patterns and enterprise architectures. Further, these workplaces, workspaces, and workloads interactions are getting absorbed into the public IaaS cloud providers. These changes in aggregate are resulting in these cloud instances becoming the de facto enterprise network. Planet-scale connectivity platforms offered by these providers are accompanied by a marketplace of best-in-breed network services that are built with a CloudOps-friendly “Infrastructure-as-Code” approach. With these services and capabilities at hand, enterprises now build and deploy networking infrastructure that is programmatically instantiated at planet-scale in minutes on top of IaaS provider platforms. Significant time and cost savings are realized through the automation of configuration, monitoring, policy enforcement, and high availability.
Over the last few months, Ubyon has worked with AWS to build a cloud-native access solution overlaid on top of AWS Cloud WAN offering. Over the last several years, enterprises undertook a journey from legacy VPN solutions to 3rd party ZTNA services. In collaboration with AWS, Ubyon now demonstrates the next step of this journey with a cloud-native, customer hosted solution that requires no changes from existing enterprise trust models in the cloud.
The approach of using 3rd party man-in-the-middle security services require enterprises to cede control of their traffic. With an increasing percentage of traffic destined to SaaS and/or Cloud, an end-to-end cloud-hosted security model is the best fit for enterprises. With the Ubyon-AWS access solution, enterprises maintain their security best practices with no requirements to delegate DNS, hand control of encryption keys to third party entities, or define access policies that are deviations from trust models that have already been adopted within AWS.
In summary, Ubyon’s cloud-native access solution demonstrates the next step in the evolution of enterprise cloud networks. The solution is built on top of cloud provider infrastructure and adapts to existing trust models, further simplifying and securing the operational model already in use in cloud deployments.