As companies grow, their infrastructure needs grow proportionally. Corporate IT needs to choose between expanding on-premises or to the Cloud. Expanding on-premises brings with it associated costs related to sizing and purchasing the HW, storage and networking needs, costs for deployment, integration and operation, and additionally, delays before operation is possible. Expanding to SaaS services available in the Cloud seem easier.
The decision, ultimately depends on corporate strategy and OPEX/CAPEX discussions. So, whether the plan is to build part of the business infrastructure in the cloud, or simply rely on using the cloud when demand dictates, it is critical to ensure that corporate data is protected – both in flight and in the cloud.
A Virtual LoadMaster(VLM) running on-premises can easily be configured to establish a tunnel to the AWS Cloud using its built-in IPsec VPN feature. With this secure, seamless access between the local and remote networks, the VLM can be used to balance application instances between the two locations, with the flexibility of the cloud allowing additional cloud-based instances to be spun up or down as needed.