What is Cloud Bridging?

Cloud computing has continued to grow in popularity as businesses realize the value it can bring. Though cloud computing has by no means reached its peak, there are continuous developments to further enhance its benefits. As it grows, you will get to experience first hand the next development in its life cycle, cloud bridging. 

What is Cloud Bridging

Cloud bridging allows cloud environments to communicate with one another through a secure IPSEC VPN tunnel. For example, a customer can bridge from their private infrastructure to their service provider’s public infrastructure, which allows private cloud customers to utilize the benefits of both the public and private cloud environments.

Alternatively, cloud bridging can also occur with a dedicated private layer two or layer three connection. For service providers that already have a fiber ring with direct connection to the customer premise, this is one way to achieve new-age cloud bridging capability and utilize infrastructure that has already been purchased.

Cloud bridging is dependent upon orchestration compatibility, and allows your customers to add resources in their own private cloud environment in addition to their service provider’s public cloud environment. This gives end users greater control over where their data is stored. They can choose a private environment for their sensitive material and place other data in the public cloud environment. The API layer must have an existing VPN bridge from the backend of the customer’s private infrastructure to the backend of the service provider’s public infrastructure. This allows customers to access resources in both locations from a single platform.

Business Benefits of Cloud Bridging

Companies that use cloud bridging can develop additional streams of revenue for your business. Selling private cloud infrastructure brings service providers revenue and allows you to monitor and manage it. Especially for small businesses that want to leverage a hybrid environment, cloud bridging is the answer to give them a managed solution with both public and private access.

  • Keep data safe using secure IPSEC tunnel
  • Utilize private cloud for mission-critical data
  • Public cloud for non-critical data

Cloud bridging provides your end users with benefits like:

  • Redundancy within the cloud
  • Consistent network performance
  • Optimized environment
  • Cost-optimized capability

Service providers that gives access to both public and private environments can also provide a true disaster recovery solution for end users. Customers can store data in their private infrastructure environments and create back ups within the public infrastructure environment. This enables them consistent access, even if their primary location is not functioning.

Importance of Finding a Cloud Bridging Partner

Cloud bridging is a new trend in the cloud computing market. Its possibilities are limitless, but it is important to find a partner to build your IPSEC tunnels because of the complexity of cloud bridging. Cloud providers will help you set up the networking required for IPSEC use between two environments and make sure that they can communicate with one another. They will also check firewall and encryption to be sure you are utilizing an environment that is as secure as possible for transportation of data.

The advance of cloud bridging has been an important jump within the cloud computing industry, as has been evidenced even in its infancy. Businesses require access to their data constantly and consistently. Providing cloud bridging capability to your end users gives them a comprehensive cloud solution that meets their needs and places you above the competition.

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