Industry Insights | VentureBeat: Blockchain Helps Companies Improve Cloud Network Management

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According to a study in 2018, 81% of companies now have a “cloudy strategy”, and most companies use a hybrid cloud of private and public clouds. How to effectively manage existing complex networks, cloudy and related security responses is a challenge that many companies are trying to overcome. Blockchain technology can effectively optimize the management of enterprises in this area.

Specifically, the application of blockchain technology can help enterprises to perform cloudy network management in the following two aspects:

 

Let the cloudy place "communicate" with each other

Regardless of the reason for choosing a cloudy or hybrid cloud layout, the related network challenges are almost the same: the data information is only stored in all private networks of the cloud providers. When there is no dedicated path and firewall settings, the data information cannot be Other cloud providers have seen that this is even more difficult to achieve data interworking between them. Each case information is basically stored in a "silo" that is not connected to the outside. When these instance data messages are connected, they face data communication security challenges such as eavesdropping or man-in-the-middle attacks.

Nowadays, many enterprises choose to connect to each network through NATS or VPN when they have enough resources, but having enough resources is a challenge in itself, which means that there is one more service that needs special configuration and maintenance, and one more. Possible points of failure. When more static data centers (rather than elastic topologies supported by cloud hosting) become standards, VPNs are created from this, but their scalability is limited.

The blockchain can be managed in a centralized point-to-point manner without the need for isolated, VPN centralized management. Due to the decentralized and open source nature of blockchain, blockchain systems are often equipped with powerful aids and technologies such as powerful solid peer-to-peer networking and data replication implementation tools. These features help to build a public network and connect the cloud providers to make each connection point securely interconnected. The resulting peer-to-peer network can act as an agnostic overlay on the underlying connection point, making data transfer simpler and more secure. Blockchain will be a flexible and increasingly common technical tool for different companies.

Guarantee the safety of decentralized companies

 

Referring to the realization of flexible global business, telework has gradually become a popular trend, and the labor force is showing a trend of decentralization. Talent competition will break through geographical restrictions on a global scale. In the future, successful companies are increasingly embracing and embracing a high degree of work flexibility, which means more companies will open remote or so-called “divisional” locations.

However, the challenge for companies is always to balance growth and overall costs in terms of operations and resources. Expanding cloud connectivity and decentralized enterprises is one of the current difficulties. It is not an easy task to connect the offices and employees in different regions through cloud technology to achieve the same efficiency as working together at headquarters. For companies such as restaurants or retailers, this is a very common and historic challenge, as the increase in each store means more pressure for revenue growth.

While traditional solutions are implemented over fiber, there are costly and complex drawbacks that require long-term commitment. This means improving VPN and SD-WAN solutions, but solving their cost and complexity issues can also lead to new problems, including increased difficulty in implementation and maintenance due to expensive hardware or licenses. . Therefore, some companies adopt a multi-selection scheme, and although they encounter only the slightest misconfiguration, each new option will bring new security vulnerabilities and hidden dangers.

Today, modern enterprises are looking for another optimization solution to this problem, and blockchain technology here has demonstrated its space and opportunities to improve cross-regional network capabilities. The flexibility of the blockchain network enables fault-tolerant communication between connection points in the face of expected and unexpected changes in the network.

The redundancy of the blockchain can also take advantage of it. For example, if you use an on-chain status or smart contract to manage important configurations such as network topology and firewall rules, deployment and monitoring modifications might be smarter because there is no central point of failure in this case, and each change is encrypted by one-way Hash-protected replication chain data tracking.

In this way, at the end of a working day, companies that want to expand their stores or other locations can have a network supported by blockchains and have the following characteristics:

1. When the central network point fails, the network still has a relatively large response flexibility.

2. Considering the strong cryptographic primitives (ie, public and private keys) of the blockchain, its powerful identity management features make the endpoints more secure, and its security is higher than the "username-password" that is more vulnerable to cracking. Set the plan.

3. The demand for cloud by modern enterprises forces companies to invest resources to find solutions to the complexities of common network expansion.

Blockchain is a very viable emerging technology that can solve practical problems in some cases, but it does not mean that it is a barley to solve all problems. However, as developers continue to dig deeper, the best choice for a cloud-enabled enterprise may be the cloud itself.

Article reference source:

1. VentureBeat: "Blockchain can help enterprises improve multi-cloud network management" Original link: https://venturebeat.com/2019/01/27/blockchain-can-help- Enterprises-improve-multi-cloud-network-management/

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