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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…




Making Cloud Bursting Work for Your Hybrid Cloud Environment

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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

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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 years…




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…





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