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Cloud Infrastructure Stack of a Modern Enterprise

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Cloud infrastructure is the backbone of a modern enterprise and crown jewel applications are gravitational force for any business. As these mission-critical applications transition to the cloud, a new wave of infrastructure products and operational processes emerge to bolster simplified application connectivity, optimize performance, reinforce resiliency, and enhance security within the cloud-centric hybrid landscape. 

 

It’s increasingly vital for technical and business decision-makers and services partners to grasp how these new products converge, offering unique value propositions that ensure optimal business performance. In this blog post, we discuss the modern infrastructure stack in a cloud-centric ecosystem of enterprises who have migrated their apps in the cloud. 

 

Consider the scenarios encountered by most CIOs, CTOs, and leaders navigating the shift from hosting business applications in data centers to dynamic data-centric environments. This evolution predominantly includes cloud service provider (CSP) infrastructures, but also encompasses middle-mile colocation facilities such as Equinix, Megaport, or even edge locations. 

 

To navigate this landscape, we’ve categorized infrastructure players into 10 segments within the cloud-centric hybrid infrastructure. Within each category, we’ve highlighted leading products leveraged by customers, along with Aviatrix as the primary cloud networking software platform for simplified cloud network connectivity, deep observability, and embedded security features. 

 

NOTE: The vendor list provided is not exhaustive, but gives illustrative examples. Furthermore, we have highlighted these vendors for their core strengths. As the cloud market evolves, each vendor is continually expanding new capabilities, which may overlap across different vendors within the stack. Customers often seek to consolidate these capabilities either under a single vendor or through achieving greater value through meaningful tech alliances that work better together for business. 

 

The visual representation below outlines each category with a brief ‘WHY USE IT’ descriptor, aiming to simplify understanding regarding how each product contributes uniquely to the overall stack. 

 

GOAL: Establish a modern blueprint of the cloud infrastructure stack that an enterprise may adopt to support their overall applications in cloud. 

 

Want to discuss how your stack fits into this model? Thoughts on the cloud infrastructure layers laid out above? We’d be happy to discuss. Contact our expert team here.