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Cloud networking

Cloud networking definition

Cloud networking refers to the use of cloud-based services to manage and deploy a company network. Instead of relying on physical hardware and traditional networking equipment, cloud networking shifts networking capabilities to the cloud.

See also: cloud security posture management, cloud vps, network administrator, data center storage, data center virtualization

Cloud networking benefits

  1. 1.Scalability. It enables companies to easily scale networking resources up or down based on their changing needs.
  2. 2.Cost effectiveness. It allows to reduce the upfront capital expenditure as there's no need to invest heavily in physical hardware.
  3. 3.Flexibility. It enables users to quickly adjust to changing business needs such as deploy or remove additional services.
  4. 4.Reduced complexity. It provides streamlined management of networking resources.
  5. 5.Easy maintenance. Due to software updates and patches handled by the cloud provider, it’s easy to ensure that software is up to date.
  6. 6.Enhanced security. Many cloud networking providers offer built-in security features such as encryption, firewall, and threat detection.

Cloud networking drawbacks

  1. 1.Dependence on the provider. A client is reliant on the cloud service provider for uptime, security, and performance.
  2. 2.Switching services. If the cloud provider becomes unreliable, switching to another may be costly and time-consuming.
  3. 3.Latency concerns. When operations require real-time data transfers, cloud networking may be slower than on-premises solutions.
  4. 4.Data transferring costs. While storing data in the cloud might be cost-effective, transferring large volumes of data can be costly.
  5. 5.Potential for data breaches. Storing sensitive data off-site may introduce risks if the provider's security is compromised.