Rethinking Cloud Migrations, Starting With First Principles

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By Steven Mih
CEO, Aviatrix
January 30, 2018

I think it’s important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. We are doing this because it’s like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. [With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths… and then reason up from there.                                                                                                    —Elon Musk Anyone who’s ever been involved in migrating workloads to a public cloud knows that it’s a difficult, frustrating process. It’s also time-consuming. I’ve heard of large enterprise cloud migrations taking three or more…


Is Network the Problem?

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By Sherry Wei
Founder and CTO, Aviatrix
January 16, 2018

If you are part of a CloudOps team or a cloud network engineer, you probably receive daily tickets from developers that look something like this: My instance suddenly cannot “ssh” into this server. Is something wrong with the network? Please help resolve. I get my instance up and running, but it cannot access the Internet. Is something wrong with the network? Please help resolve. No one can access my application. Is something wrong with the network? Please help resolve. …. You get the idea. For any connectivity problem, the network is always the first to be blamed. To resolve the…


How Does Aviatrix Global Transit Solution Differ from the CSR Solution?

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By Sherry Wei
Founder and CTO, Aviatrix
January 14, 2018

The Aviatrix AWS Global Transit Solution has been published on the AWS Answer page as a partner solution. Since then we are often asked by customers why they should consider the Aviatrix solution, and for that matter, why they should consider Aviatrix over all other virtual appliance-based solutions. This article tries to answer some of the questions. 1. Who should use the Aviatrix solution? If you are not a CCIE with domain expertise in VRF, BGP and IPSEC, you should not consider the CSR-based solution. While the CloudFormation and Lambda scripts make it easy to set up, you wouldn’t know…


Multicloud Adoption: Is Your Cloud Connectivity an Enabler or an Obstacle?

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By Sunil Kishen
Vice President of Sales and Partnership, Aviatrix
January 10, 2018

In its 2015 research report “The Future of the Data Center in the Cloud Era,” Gartner asserted that “a multicloud strategy will become the common strategy for 70% of enterprises by 2019.” And in its “2018 Planning Guide for Cloud Computing,” Gartner predicts that “multicloud will become the de facto standard.” First, let’s clarify what we mean by ‘multicloud,’ because the term is used in many different ways. Some people use multicloud to mean the use of two or more cloud computing services of any kind, including private clouds. But the industry seems to be settling on defining multicloud as…


Are your Ops tools encrypted?

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By Sherry Wei
Founder and CTO, Aviatrix
December 12, 2017

We recently did a survey on popular DevOps tools and discovered some normal stuff — most of them are client server based; also learned something new — most of them are not encrypted. Tools like Chef, Puppet, Jenkins, etc, where data packets between client and server travel in clear text. Typically in a cloud deployment, there is a shared service VPC or management VPC where DevOps tools are deployed. Application instances are hosted in spoke VPCs. Most of the application images have agents installed, enabling them to be managed by servers residing in the management VPC. DevOps tools, either for build, configuration or test,…