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Also known as virtual cloud networking (VCN), cloud networking represents the modern evolution of an enterprise network. In a traditional configuration, the enterprise network acts as the backbone of an organization, connecting databases, computers, devices, and more into a single hub of information and data transfer. In this model, hardware within a data center stores everything, with all management, resources, and services overseen and maintained by a local IT staff. With cloud networking, the same principles are applied but brought into the cloud. Services, features, management, and all other logistics reside in the cloud, either in a private cloud network or with a third-party public cloud provider.
This comes with a number of benefits only achievable via virtual cloud networking.
Cloud networking is the clear path to move enterprises into the future regarding their data. In some cases, using a hybrid solution offers a best-of-both-worlds choice that keeps some data local based on specific needs while taking advantage of virtual cloud networking’s many benefits.
What makes up a cloud network? To understand this, it’s important to examine what’s actually happening under the hood with various network configurations. In a traditional model, IT departments often put servers in their own silos with specific data and management needs. This has evolved to virtualization, which allows for multiple operating systems and applications to exist in partitions on the same physical server, resources scaling as needed between the partitions. In a cloud network environment, all of these elements move to the cloud, which is powered by multiple servers capable of scaling resources as needed without the inherent resource limitations of a single virtual machine.
Thus, cloud networking represents the most cutting-edge and efficient way to run an enterprise from a practical perspective, even without looking at the various improved security and management features layered on top of it. For IT departments, getting to that goal requires looking at an organization's existing setup, future plans, and current capabilities. Some of the most critical factors to be weighed include:
The enterprise world is turning to cloud networking as a means to access more powerful resources and connectivity. Why is this shift happening? In almost all cases, the ongoing evolution of technology has ensured that virtual cloud networking is simply the smarter choice: safer, easier to use, more robust, and ultimately more efficient for both resources and cost. In addition, it allows access to further features and resources typically unavailable in traditional networking. Some of the benefits of cloud networking include:
How can an enterprise best make use of virtual cloud networking? Take a closer look at these specific use cases for a greater understanding of cloud networking’s potential and scope.
Our Cloud Networking Service has powered organizations of all sizes successfully. Here are just a few of their cloud success stories:
Gonzaga University: Internationally renowned Gonzaga University selected Oracle Cloud Networking Service to accelerate its financials upgrade, improve disaster recovery, and maintain high security standards. After evaluating different options, an internal vote went unanimously to our cloud platform. Learn more.