Virtual Cloud Networking: 10 Things You Need to Know

Networking is undergoing a fundamental transformation. The network of the past—inflexible, brittle, and time-consuming—cannot help companies meet the demands of the digital present, much less the future. How is modern networking technology meeting the demand for pervasive connectivity and integrated security? The answer: Virtual cloud networking.

Virtual cloud networking connects and secures applications and data wherever they are located— in the cloud, data center, branch or the edge. This innovative networking architecture helps IT quickly aggregate information, automate tasks, and draw insights from apps and data to support the needs of the digital enterprise. The virtual cloud networking approach brings networking into the hyper-connected future, unlocking value for the business, for IT, for your customers and your employees.

Here are 10 things you need to know about virtual cloud networking:

1. Virtual cloud networking is the progressive and innovative architecture approach.

Virtual cloud networking finally delivers what businesses have needed for so long—an architecture purpose-built to empower innovation and digital transformation,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, VMware Chief Operating Officer for Products and Cloud Services.

Unlike the network of the past, virtual cloud networking is software-defined, enabling:

  • A cloud networking fabric with all connected elements run on a common network with the same set of services.
  • Automation of common networking functions, such as maintenance and patching.
  • Security that is built in, not bolted on.

2. Virtual cloud networking accelerates business transformation.

“Digital transformation is becoming an imperative for improving operational efficiencies and delivering a world-class user experience to customers in our nearly 500 locations worldwide. We have already experienced the simplicity and performance benefits of a software defined architecture with VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud, and the Virtual Cloud Network would further advance the goal of a complete digital transformation,” said Manny Stergakis, Technical Architect, Brooks Brothers.

Virtual cloud networking helps businesses like yours accelerate your business transformation initiatives:

  1. Streamlines networking and security provisioning processes enables significantly faster time to market for applications and data.
  2. Streamlines the development process. In legacy environments, provisioning infrastructure could take weeks
  3. Near-zero downtime at branch locations.
  4. Real-time, enterprise-wide network visibility increases the efficiency of a company’s infrastructure and IT insights.

3. Virtual cloud networking is built on the same principles as the cloud.

Virtual cloud networking fundamentally transforms the network model of the past by building on the principles of cloud:

  1. Elastic infrastructure that grows, contracts, and expands with the demands of your business.
  2. Automated processes from updates to maintenance and patching.
  3. Always secure, always available, and always performant.

4. Virtual cloud networking enables pervasive connectivity for users.

“Eighty percent of companies report losses due to network downtime.” Dynamic Markets’ Network Agility Research

Perhaps the most obvious value of virtual cloud networking is its ability to improve network reliability. By improving network reliability, companies can significantly reduce downtime for their most important resource: their users. Virtual cloud networking’s unique software-based architecture enables users—employees and customers alike—to access the information, apps and data they need. And by leveraging a cloud networking fabric, all connected elements run on a common network with the same set of services.

5. Virtual cloud networking is built for every business, every industry, every size.

“Powerful new applications have become the lifeblood of companies across all industries,” said Ramaswami. “With the Virtual Cloud Network, VMware provides the tools to manage, secure and connect those apps to users and data, wherever they may be, which is what companies are looking for to drive business forward.”

The Virtual Cloud Network is an elastic infrastructure that grows, contracts and expands with the demands of your business. From small single-store businesses to global multisite corporations, you can flex and automate to right-size the network to securely meet your needs anytime and anywhere.

6. Virtual cloud networking completely redesigns enterprise security—for the better.

“Most of the security focus today is catching the bad actors, trying to limit what they can do inside your walls. But an easier, more effective approach is what I like to call the home-court advantage. You know what you should be running inside your infrastructure and where. With virtual cloud networking, we enable you to protect the good intrinsically inside the infrastructure from the cloud to the edge,” said Ramaswami.

Unlike the network of the past, which bolted security solutions onto and adjacent to the network, virtual cloud networking builds security into the network right from the start. The Virtual Cloud Network delivers security from the data center, cloud, branch and edge. This consistent approach protects your business using software to limit the attack surface to secure apps and data.

7. Virtual cloud networking transforms management for faster, smarter IT.

“To succeed in the digital economy, a business must be able to take advantage of those connections to extract all the data and intelligence that the network can provide to then support critical business decisions in real time,” said Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst, ZK Research.

Virtual cloud networking brings potentially siloed IT elements into one purpose-built architecture:

  1. Management
  2. Automation
  3. Security
  4. Intelligence and insights

8. Virtual cloud networking is software-based and hardware agnostic.

“With the help of VMware, we have transformed our environment and have moved from being ‘hardware dependent’ to ‘software managed,’ while dramatically improving the availability of our applications by eliminating single points of failure,” said Terry McDonough, President and CEO, AeroData, Inc.

Virtual cloud networking is software-based and hardware agnostic, meaning the technology:

  1. Works with any hardware and cloud service or provider.
  2. Works with any compute infrastructure, including bare metal, virtual machines, and containers.
  3. Works with all apps and devices, including the internet of things.

9. The Virtual Cloud Network significantly reduces costs.

“The ROI associated with our NSX deployment is upwards of $30 million, not just in safeguarding us from a breach, but also from the efficiencies we’ve gained from virtualizing the network in our EMR environment. VMware gives us more time and budget to support innovation,” said Brian Lancaster, Vice President of Information Technology, Nebraska Medicine & University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The Forrester Total Economic Impact Study, Spotlight on the Total Economic Impact of a Virtual Cloud Network, concluded that a Virtual Cloud Network resulted in a net present value (NPV) of $6.8 million and an ROI of 106% over three years.

10. Virtual cloud networking is built for the future and available today.

“The current network architecture has been in place now for over 20 years, and it’s VMware’s thesis that the industry needs a new approach to networking that can be in place for the next 20 years. This requires a network that is flexible and programmable with integrated security and can deliver services anywhere apps and data are. VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network is the architecture that fulfills on this vision,” wrote Kerravala in Network World.

Virtual cloud networking delivers a modern architecture built to evolve for your business’ changing needs. Because it works with your existing technology investments, you can build a virtual cloud networking strategy today that will support your digital transformation strategy for years to come.

Learn more about virtual cloud networking at vmware.com/radius/virtual-cloud-network.