How Aviatrix Improves Amazon WorkSpaces Connectivity

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

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…

Making Cloud Bursting Work for Your Hybrid Cloud Environment

By Sunil Kishen
Vice President of Sales and Partnership, Aviatrix
March 13, 2018

Unless you operate in a 100% public cloud environment, you face the continual question of whether to place particular workloads in an on-premises private cloud or in a public cloud infrastructure. Cloud bursting—that is, enabling an application deployed in a private cloud to “burst” temporarily into a public cloud—in many ways represents the best of both worlds. But unfortunately, it’s not quite as easy as it sounds. Aviatrix provides an innovative technology solution that makes cloud bursting accessible to more organizations with hybrid cloud environments. Before describing it, though, let’s examine why it’s needed. Why You Might Want To Do…

Rethinking Cloud Migrations, Starting With First Principles

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 years…

Is Network the Problem?

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…