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Why Hiring a Network Engineer for the Cloud Engineering Team Doesn’t Add Up

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By Neel Kamal
Head of Sales, Aviatrix
September 18, 2018

Networking in AWS, Azure or GCP is complicated. (Just take a look at our Day in the Life list below.) Many cloud teams naturally assume they’ll need a network engineer with a traditional data center skill set to manage their cloud networking. But from both a skills and cost perspective, that’s just not the case. Why Hiring a Network Engineer for a Cloud Team Doesn’t Add Up Skills Overkill. Cloud networking is in fact far different from data center networking. Finding an engineer who knows cloud networking and data center networking is extremely difficult. And unnecessary. High Cost. Network engineers…




Navigating the New Networking Landscape In the Era of Public Cloud Computing

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By Frank Cabri
Vice President of Marketing, Aviatrix
September 7, 2018

The cloud is a new and different playground. Every network architect is now a cloud architect, and every network engineer is now a cloud engineer. —Sherry Wei, Founder and CTO, Aviatrix These days, each cloud industry event includes announcements of new cloud networking capabilities. This constant change makes it difficult to keep track of who’s doing what. As the pioneer of a networking architecture purpose-built for the cloud, Aviatrix has a unique perspective on the various solutions and options available for networking to, from, within, and among various cloud and hybrid cloud environments. Here’s our first attempt at laying out…




A Conversation with James Matsumura

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By Sherry Wei
Founder and CTO, Aviatrix
August 27, 2018

Meet James Matsumura, software engineer at Casechek, a startup company automating the implant supply chain. James is a typical startup engineer who does the heavy lifting in building the service. I caught up with James at the recent AWS Summit. Sherry: Tell us what you do at Casechek? James: I’m a back end software engineer, but my work moves to full stack for some projects. We are a growing company and our roles are flexible. No one is pigeon holed into one specific role and we all cover multiple domains. Sherry: What’s your challenge then? James: We tried to build VPN tunnels…




A Conversation with Dennis Estrada

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By Sherry Wei
Founder and CTO, Aviatrix
August 11, 2018

This is my third conversation with cloud architects. Click here for the previous one. Meet Dennis Estrada, enterprise architect at JellyVision, a company with a long history in software for education, entertainment and now employee benefits. In this wave of developer led cloud transformation, traditional IT is often viewed as friction and a dated organization. Dennis is an exception. Not only does he manage the IT department as we know it, he is in the forefront of  with the Ops team and architecting their new IT in the cloud. I caught up with Dennis recently on the busy exhibition floor at AWS Chicago Summit….




Why Software-Defined Cloud Routers Are Replacing vRouters As the Future of Public Cloud Networking

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By Sunil Kishen
Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy, Aviatrix
July 24, 2018

Enterprise IT architectures are evolving rapidly, with the public cloud shifting to center stage. Networking—i.e., connecting resources, data, and users with one another, securely and seamlessly—is an increasingly vital foundational building block of the modern enterprise cloud architecture. The problem is that enterprises have been forced to use networking technology adapted from the datacenter era. In the traditional world of datacenter IT, vendors of networking technologies created a business model that effectively became a ‘conspiracy of complexity,’ in which intentionally hard-to-manage equipment and software kept customers dependent on vendor-certified technology experts who often commanded higher salaries. This approach—vendors creating complexityand…




A Conversation with Roberto Sato

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

This is my second conversation with cloud architects. Click here for the first conversation. Meet Roberto Sato, EVP of Technologies at Global Electronic Technology, a privately hold credit card processing service company. Roberto is a dream customer, he is collaborative, patient and meticulous. Roberto is a VP, yet he is hands on, knowledgable and personally involved in evaluating new technologies. Sherry: Tell us what you were looking for? Roberto: Our primary motive was security. We are in the payment industry and we must be PCI compliant. We were about to launch a new product in AWS and our external security…




Software Defined Cloud Routing is fundamental to the Virtual Cloud Network

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By Steven Mih
CEO, Aviatrix
June 12, 2018

When VMware recently announced its Virtual Cloud Network strategy, it introduced a new and much-needed category to the cloud world—and challenged the networking industry to collectively step up its networking game. The Virtual Cloud Network is about overcoming the infrastructure obstacles that limit companies from embracing the digital era. The VMware announcement recognizes that networking complexity in the cloud is holding companies back from achieving the business outcomes they desire. But… the VMware announcement was short on details around public cloud routing—i.e., networking to and within Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform environments—which is the realm…




A Conversation with Daniel Huenink

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By Sherry Wei
Founder and CTO, Aviatrix
May 18, 2018

Working at Aviatrix gives me opportunities to meet many smart people, the practitioners and pioneers managing cloud infrastructure. I want to understand and document their cloud journey and perspectives. Today is my first piece: A Conversation with Daniel Huenink. Meet Daniel Huenink, Network Architect at Nelnet, a public company in the student loan and repayment business. Daniel is one of those superstars when it comes to Cisco domain expertise. He has architected and managed networks with Cisco WAAS, VoIP, ASA and ASR. Daniel also has diverse experiences as a database programmer and sysadmin. We met with Daniel recently, discussing at…




How Aviatrix Improves Amazon WorkSpaces Connectivity

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By Karthik Balachandran
Cloud System Engineer, Aviatrix
April 19, 2018

In May 2016, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website ran a blog post titled, “I Love My Amazon WorkSpace!” Since then, the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has continued to get rave reviews. BUT—and there’s always a ‘but,’ isn’t there?—some of the connectivity aspects of Amazon WorkSpaces have proven to be complex and a hassle to manage. That’s why Aviatrix stepped in, to make it easy to manage Amazon WorkSpaces beyond AWS, providing essential network connectivity to the datacenter and branch offices. Making Connections to Active Directory Amazon WorkSpaces offers several ways to authenticate against your existing Active Directory (AD), the…




Moving past OpenVPN® Access Server

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By Sherry Wei
Founder and CTO, Aviatrix
March 31, 2018

Whether you are developing apps or managing the operations in public cloud, direct secure VPN access from your laptop to AWS, Azure or Google Cloud is a must have tool. OpenVPN Access Server by OpenVPN® Technologies is a good starter tool for VPN access. It is based on OpenVPN® open source software and is packaged into a product with browser interface to the VPN server. When does the Access Server become inadequate for you? This depends on your priorities and requirements. Quinn Smith, CloudOps engineer at Mitigator, explained to us, “OpenVPN Access Server was started by our DevOps team for…