A Conversation with Daniel Huenink

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

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 Partnerships and Strategy, 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…

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

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?

By Sunil Kishen
Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy, 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?

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,…

ESG Lab Report Validates the Business Value of Aviatrix for AWS Public Cloud

By Frank Cabri
Vice President of Marketing, Aviatrix
November 22, 2017

Aviatrix has received some nice kudos in a report from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) industry analysts. The just-released ESG Lab report validates the business value to enterprises of integrating Aviatrix cloud connectivity software with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The small irony is that the ESG Lab Review report is all about SD-WAN integration with AWS—and we’re not even an SD-WAN company! But our comprehensive cloud connectivity solution includes the SD-WAN capability of establishing encrypted connections between an enterprise’s datacenter or sites with AWS. Because Aviatrix is able to deliver this same capability as SD-WAN vendors, AWS requested that we…

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