Report: How One Company is Investing in Prem Solution to Save on AWS Costs

By Paula Bernier April 18, 2016

For the past few years we’ve been hearing about how moving applications, communications, and infrastructure to the cloud can result in significant savings, and cloud services leader Amazon Web Services has been the biggest benefactor of this trend. But now we’re starting to hear the message that customers can build on-premises solutions and lower their reliance on and spending with AWS.

That’s the theme of an April 6 CRN posting by Kevin McLaughlin, in which he talks about how Cisco and VMware partner Applied Computer solutions enabled one of its customers to leverage VMware NSX and the customer’s existing Cisco network to lower its $1 million monthly bill with AWS. The customer was not named, but Scot Colmer of Applied Computer Solutions said this user employed Cisco ACI and VMware NSX to lower its costs and allow for compliance and security. And the article goes on to emphasize that these Cisco and VMware products are not necessarily competing offerings, but that they can be used together.

Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure is a software-defined networking architecture that allows for automation, leverages policy, and allows for scalability and network visibility. In December Cisco added microsegmentation of physical applications and multivendor virtualized applications, and announced it was offering integration of Docker containers with its ACI.

VMware’s NSX is a network virtualization platform designed for use in software-defined data centers. Hundreds of customers have adopted NSX for such use cases as automation, reducing their ability to introduce new functionality from weeks or months to minutes or seconds; for microsegmentation, so that in cloud environments everybody has their own separate, secure slice of shared resources; and for disaster recovery and to allow for the high availability of apps, explains Bruce Davie, CTO of networking at VMware.

A software-defined data center as one that is fully virtualized, leverages network resources between data centers, has streamlined management, and enables IT staff to leverage automation so they can focus on strategic pursuits as opposed to mundane tasks. The global SDDC market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 30.98 percent between 2014 and 2019, according to Research and Markets.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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