Integrating the Cloud: Brokers, Bridges and Gateways

For many organizations, a hybrid cloud architecture is the best way to take advantage of the benefits of public cloud computing resources without compromising on security or operational control. And yet the challenges and concerns over how to integrate with cloud environments and maintain control over security and performance continue to inhibit broader adoption.

This paper examines three categories of solutions focused on integrating data centers with cloud computing resources: bridges, brokers, and gateways. Each solves specific issues with integration across the full spectrum of network, compute, and storage stacks. Which solution is best suited for your environment depends upon several factors, including:

-The level of operational consistency required.
-The level of automation and orchestration desired.
-The importance of control over all components, both on and off the premises.

Careful consideration and understanding of these solutions is required to ensure the choice of an architectural approach will meet your requirements and expectations.

Sponsor: F5 Networks