The cloud computing giant also announced the ability to use Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud, which connects branch sites and local data centers to the cloud. Google Cloud announced on Tuesday a preview of the Network Connectivity Center, a new tool for managing cloud and local networks.
This tool is the latest part of Google’s product, aimed at companies adopting multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategies.
With the help of the network connection center, organizations can create, connect and manage heterogeneous local and cloud networks from one place. The goal is to make it easier to deliver consistent network access, policies, and services no matter where the organization’s applications or users are located.
Customers can use it to connect VPNs, partners and dedicated interconnections, third-party routers, and software-defined WANs.
The network connection center provides VPN-based multi-cloud connections directly or through a group of partners. It runs on Google’s global infrastructure. It also works in conjunction with the Network Intelligence Center, a platform for network monitoring, verification, and optimization that Google first launched in 2019.
At the same time, the launch of the Network Connection Center also makes the Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub and Google Cloud more widely available. Announced last year, the integration extends the Cisco SD-WAN architecture to Google Cloud to enable automated site-to-cloud and site-to-site connections.
The new integration is based on the Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp, which extends the structure of Cisco SD-WAN to a public cloud environment. The purpose of this is to make it easier to connect branch offices to cloud workloads.
Cisco’s goal is to adapt to the growing number of organizations adopting a multi-cloud strategy. The Internet giant pointed to Gartner data, which shows that ordinary enterprises can now connect to more than 20 public cloud services.
According to Cisco, the second phase of the launch of the Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud will enable intelligent real-time telemetry exchange with all Google Cloud multi-cloud applications.