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By: Penny Collen, Financial Solutions Architect, Thought Leader, Blogger, and Speaker

Ask CIOs why they move workloads to the cloud and you will hear “cost savings” and “agility.” pennyAsk those same CIOs why they are not using more cloud services and they will probably say security concerns. Security breaches have a serious impact on business, from loss of customer confidence to fines for non-compliance, to time spent finding and resolving issues. IT organizations are spending more and more resources to protect access to data and applications. Meanwhile, users embrace mobility, BYOD, and the Internet of Things at an ever-increasing pace. The CIO needs to accommodate the pressure to provide “secure” capacity faster than ever before with deep network security that can be trusted.

VMware vCloud® Air™ Advanced Networking Services offers the IT organization a re-invented model for public cloud security, reducing risk while offering reduced costs of administration and operations. Designed specifically for hybrid environments mixing public cloud with internal resources, Advanced Networking Services is built on a foundation of VMware NSX™ technology, enhancing the ability to transition across resources.

Zero trust security allows you to isolate each workload and improve the default security configuration and application portability from a single point of management. Using Trust Groups implemented through distributed firewalls, each VM and application is isolated and secured down to the Layer 2 level to protect against both outsider and insider threats. Inheritable and portable, Trust Groups follow applications wherever they move in vCloud Air and are easily administered at scale.

Cost-efficient scaling is enabled through dynamic routing using both Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)-based routing over VMware vCloud Air Direct Connect. Virtual network interfaces can be expanded from 10 to 200 routed network segments in a single virtual data center to mirror even the most complex on-premises network topologies. Enhanced Load Balancing provides SSL offloading and log visibility to meet the demands of high volumes of secure web traffic from dozens of mobile devices. These services minimize administration costs while still providing ways to quickly secure, scale, and connect to cloud workloads.

The ability to streamline workload portability offers agility in provisioning resources, delivering faster time to value. A VM, vAPP, or application can be freely moved to the cloud in its current state without conversion. That means no additional time or configuration is necessary to change security policies, networking topology, or routing policies. There is no need to retrain staff or re-architect solutions, freeing staff to focus on problem solving and analysis in other areas.

VMware vCloud® Air™ Advanced Networking Services presents an innovative solution to expanding your cloud usage with confidence. A truly scalable solution for security that enables workload portability to the cloud, you can realize the benefits of agility are so important in meeting today’s technology demands. Managing your resources effectively, efficiently and safely is imperative in delivering the services required to increase market share and the bottom line for your company: recognizing the value IT brings to the business.

Take advantage of the benefits Advanced Networking Services can bring your operation. They are currently available for Dedicated Cloud customers across the world, with support for other types of clouds coming soon. Dedicated Cloud users can simply right click on their environment in the vCloud Air portal and choose “Upgrade to Advanced Networking Services” to start powering their cloud networking with VMware NSX technology.

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