Cloud networking: Data center without walls

Today, the utility of public cloud computing remains largely restricted to hosted applications or simple infrastructure services. Next-generation cloud requires a new architecture, able to support a much broader range of operational and mission-critical applications through greater assured service performance and resiliency.

The evolution of cloud toward expanded enterprise IT utility drives the creation of a virtualized architecture Ciena calls a “Data Center Without Walls”. This is the combination of geographically distributed data centers able to function as one large pool to address any magnitude of workload demand from anywhere across that geography—providing money-saving efficiency and supporting assured service performance.

This white paper is the first in a series describing Ciena’s vision for the future of cloud networking, and the solutions that turn that vision into reality for both IT providers and IT users.