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Help Customers Reduce Multicloud Complexities with SD-WAN

A secure SD-WAN solution that spans hybrid and multicloud environments will increase cost efficiency, improve application performance, and reduce complexity. By Jon Bove

Faced with managing remote work for the foreseeable future, organizations are adopting multicloud solutions as part of a long-term work-from-home strategy. This strategy solves a number of challenges, such as helping remote workers more easily access business-critical applications from any device or location, segmenting critical resources, and enabling IT teams to manage infrastructure and deliver new applications and rapid updates from their home offices. However, it also creates new challenges that many organizations may not be prepared to address. 

One such problem is providing consistent security in light of the added complexity that multicloud brings. Your customers are likely to find themselves out of their depth trying to handle the many resources necessary to keep their expanded multicloud networks safe from malicious outsiders. This creates a partner opportunity to assist them with a secure SD-WAN solution. 

Even with a robust cloud strategy in place, customers still need help increasing cost efficiency, improving application performance, and reducing complexity. In fact, they may need that help now more than ever. And a critical element of that simplification process includes implementing a single, integrated security strategy that can span their multicloud and hybrid cloud environments. A secure SD-WAN solution enables partners like you to help your customers achieve all these goals by empowering their IT teams to build seamless networks that support their remote work initiatives while maintaining security across even the most complex multicloud environments. 

Cloud Networking Challenges
By fully understanding the security challenges of a multicloud environment, you can design and propose security solutions that meet the unique, individual needs of your customers. Organizations face three primary challenges when adopting a multicloud strategy:

1.    A More Complex Network 
A multicloud network means that customers will have to deploy a security solution at each of their cloud environments. But the bigger challenge is that many of these solutions—even if from the same vendor—will function differently depending on the cloud platform they are installed on. This means that implementing consistent multicloud capabilities, especially those that can be centrally managed and orchestrated, can be extremely difficult. 

If organizations do not have a DevOps team with security experience handling the deployment—not just of security devices, but of any infrastructure or development platform in the cloud, especially those that span multiple cloud environments—they can expose themselves to security risks. According to Gartner, up to 95% of all cloud security issues are the result of misconfigurations. A DevOps team without a security specialist providing appropriate analysis can easily overlook such mistakes, and the problem compounds as work moves from one cloud environment to the next.

The current skills gap worsens this challenge, as many organizations are unable to hire and retain qualified security specialists, especially those who also possess cloud expertise. Without a consistent security infrastructure designed to span multiple cloud environments, be centrally managed, and ensure consistent policy orchestration and enforcement, organizations will not have the end-to-end visibility needed to secure their increasingly complex cloud networks. 

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