Cloud on a VPN Is a Virtual Private Nightmare

Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) have obvious promise, delivering the best compromise between Public and Private Clouds. The idea with a VPC is to create an enclave in a Public Cloud that your organization accesses via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. As a result, your Public Cloud enclave is logically on your corporate network, behind your corporate firewall. You get the economies of scale and depth of experience of the Public Cloud, with the security benefits of Private Cloud. What more can you ask?

Not so fast. First, that Public Cloud is likely to be multitenant, meaning that you share physical hardware with other customers. True, you’re on a separate network, but hackers may have a way of breaking through the virtual security that keeps instances separate. And asking for a single-tenant enclave in a Public Cloud will cost you a pretty penny, assuming your Cloud provider is even willing to set your account up that way.

But there’s another issue here. Do you really want to trust your Cloud environment to a VPN? All corporate knowledge workers use VPNs these days, and all of them hate VPNs. Connecting is slow and unreliable. Connections tend to flake out. And the server end of the connection bogs down easily. And let’s not forget it’s a tightly coupled interaction: the software on both ends of the line have to match properly. Upgrade one and you’d better upgrade the other.

Of course, with issues come opportunity. Expect a new class of VPN technologies — or replacements for VPNs altogether — that provide a more reliable, secure VPC connection. In the meantime, don’t expect too much from your VPC.

Share the Post:
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Overview

The Latest

your company's audio

4 Areas of Your Company Where Your Audio Really Matters

Your company probably relies on audio more than you realize. Whether you’re creating a spoken text message to a colleague or giving a speech, you want your audio to shine. Otherwise, you could cause avoidable friction points and potentially hurt your brand reputation. For example, let’s say you create a

chrome os developer mode

How to Turn on Chrome OS Developer Mode

Google’s Chrome OS is a popular operating system that is widely used on Chromebooks and other devices. While it is designed to be simple and user-friendly, there are times when users may want to access additional features and functionality. One way to do this is by turning on Chrome OS

homes in the real estate industry

Exploring the Latest Tech Trends Impacting the Real Estate Industry

The real estate industry is changing thanks to the newest technological advancements. These new developments — from blockchain and AI to virtual reality and 3D printing — are poised to change how we buy and sell homes. Real estate brokers, buyers, sellers, wholesale real estate professionals, fix and flippers, and beyond may