Alkira wants to manage all your networks in the clouds • The Registry

Alkira wants to manage all your networks in the clouds • The Registry

Multi-cloud networking startup Alkira has decided it wants to be a network-as-a-service (NaaS) provider with the launch of its cloud area networking platform this week.

The startup, founded in 2018, claims this platform allows customers to automatically bridge multiple on-premises data centers, branch offices, and cloud workloads with the push of a button.

Subscription is the latest evolution of Alkira’s multi-cloud platform introduced in 2020. The service integrates with all major public cloud providers (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle Cloud) and automates cloud provisioning and management. your network. services.

“The cloud was supposed to make life easier, but it has become more complex as customers struggle to manage islands of networks, each with their own rules and tools. They thought they were buying agility, but what came was a mountain.” of complexity and technical debt, Alkira CEO Amir Khan argued in a canned statement.

He argues that current network architectures were never designed for the level of change that the cloud has introduced. “Until now, companies had the option of shoehorning next-generation technology into the cloud or using orchestration tools to hide the complexity.”

riding on the cloud

Instead of building its own private network like providers like Aryaka (yes, Aryaka) have done, or relying on telecom providers like many SD-WAN providers, Alkira leverages global backbones that interconnect providers’ data centers. of public cloud.

For example, if a customer needs to connect a workload running on AWS to one running on GCP or Azure, the platform automatically configures and connects virtual networks in each of the respective public clouds.

However, since the launch of the platform, Alkira has introduced several additional capabilities including support for branch-to-branch communications and hybrid cloud networks for customers with a mix of cloud and on-premises infrastructure.

The company has also announced integrations with several major networking and security vendors, including Cisco, Fortinet, Check Point, Palo Alto Networks and Aruba, to enable customers to deploy the service alongside their existing infrastructure.

Alkira’s Cloud Area Networks service consolidates these capabilities into a single platform and adds support for Teraform and REST APIs for integration with customers’ continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines.

Collectively, this functionality has helped the multi-cloud startup secure multiple high-profile contracts with the likes of Warner Music Group, Tekion, and Koch Industries. The latter was one of the company’s largest financiers and has deployed Alkira’s services to connect its more than 700 locations worldwide.

Multicloud transport heats up

However, Alkira is far from the only provider vying for a piece of the NaaS market. The company faces competition from many of the same cloud providers that its service is based on.

As more enterprise workloads have come to the cloud, AWS, GCP, and Azure have launched cloud transport services for customers who need to connect workloads running in multiple regions. Many of these services also support the use of their private networks as an alternative to multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) or broadband connectivity for branch-to-branch communications. Amazon Cloud WAN Service inserted end of last year is an example of this.

Meanwhile, Alkira also faces competition from traditional SD-WAN providers such as Cisco and Fortinet, which have relied on these cloud transport services as a means of extending network architectures customers are already familiar with. to multi-cloud network use cases. ®

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