Physical or virtual router orchestrates multiple dedicated cloud connections over a single 1 or 10-gigabit Ethernet private line.
Reston, VA, April 27, 2022. Apcela, a leading innovator in software-defined, cloud-optimized network services, announced the general availability of its Arcus Multicloud Router (MCR) for managing cloud direct connections across multiple cloud providers from a single edge location, such as an enterprise datacenter.
Traditionally, as enterprises have accelerated the migration of mission-critical applications to public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms from cloud service providers (CSPs) such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, they have purchased associated dedicated cloud connections such as AWS Direct Connect and Microsoft Express Route respectively, to interconnect the cloud platforms with their legacy datacenters. These cloud connections are often provisioned as dedicated 1 or 10-gigabit connections from the CSP’s point of presence to the edge location.
Enterprise network complexity and costs escalate as additional CSPs are added, and as additional service zones within those CSPs are adopted for redundancy and improved availability. Additionally, when managed using legacy enterprise networking technologies, the agility of these direct connections is limited by the technologies deployed in the datacenter.
According to Gartner’s Lisa Pierce(1), “Enterprises are using an increasing number of CSPs, but directly interfacing to multiple CSPs creates administrative, management, and financial challenges.” She continued, “Enterprise requirements for WAN-cloud connectivity are also changing, which requires a greater degree of agility and multicloud interworking than their current solutions can support.”
Apcela’s Arcus Multicloud Router is software-defined, centrally orchestratable via user interface or API, and deployable as a physical or virtual device. Leveraging the Software-Defined Interconnection (SDCI) capabilities of the Arcus platform, it enables enterprises to easily and securely integrate multiple private CSP connections over a single access facility in some 80+ cities globally. Also application-aware, the MCR can automate and orchestrate a virtually unlimited number of VPN connections between compute and data storage resources across the datacenter and multiple public IaaS platforms.
Apcela’s VP of Product & Solution Engineering, Kunal Thakkar explained that, “As our customers were expanding their cloud footprints globally, they were looking for a way to simplify and lower the costs of dedicated cloud connectivity, while maintaining the speed, reliability, and security they were accustomed to with their existing CSP cloud connections. The Arcus Multicloud Router delivers all that and more.”
Apcela is demonstrating the Arcus Multicloud Router at the Spring Open Networking Users Group (ONUG) conference, themed ‘Building the Enterprise Cloud’ hosted by Target, at the Meadowlands Expo Center April 27 and 28.
Apcela provides software-defined, cloud-optimized networks for the digitally transforming enterprise. Delivered as a service, we enable enterprises to easily deploy and operate a software-defined network and security architecture that was built for a multi-cloud world.
(1) Gartner, How to Optimize Network Connectivity Into Public Cloud Providers, Lisa Pierce, Danellie Young, and Jonathan Forest, August 5 2022