93% of organizations will use services from multiple cloud providers within the next 12 months.*

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Step 1: Move cloud access to the branch

Ask yourself

Are your users getting the best experience from your cloud applications?

Something to consider

By connecting branches directly to any cloud, you can provide a better user experience for cloud applications while reducing MPLS costs.

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Benefits: Connect your branches to any cloud without compromising security, while saving on backhaul WAN costs.

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Clients report that backhauled Internet traffic represents 50% to 80% of the traffic on their MPLS networks.

Source: Gartner, Cloud Needs a New WAN, Mark Fabbi, Neil Rickard, 2016.

Step 2: Extend your network to any cloud

Ask yourself

Are you concerned that applications on public clouds could lead to network complexity, poor performance, and lack of IT control?

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When you extend your network to the cloud, you maintain service levels, gain visibility, and reduce your risk, while enabling seamless application portability.

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Benefits: With Cisco Cloud Connect, you can extend private networks, data centers, and branches to any public cloud while leveraging existing network investments.

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30% of advanced threats are targeting the branch as the entry point.

Source: Gartner, Bring Branch Office Network Security Up to the Enterprise Standard, Jeremy D’Hoinne, April 2013.

Step 3: Strengthen cloud security

Ask yourself

Are your users, data, and access to different clouds open to risk?

Something to consider

You can extend your network security to protect against any new risks associated with accessing and hosting applications in multiple clouds.

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Benefits: Protect all your assets, whether users are accessing the cloud from the campus, the branch, or a public network.

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Since the end of 2016, Cisco has observed an increase in hacker activity targeting cloud systems.

Source: Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report.

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Step 4: Improve the cloud experience

Ask yourself

Can you manage, monitor, and improve your application performance all the way across any cloud?

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Use tools that help you continuously track and optimize network and application performance. The cloud doesn’t need to be a blind spot any more.

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Benefits: Easily identify and resolve performance issues with your cloud-enabled network and applications to deliver the best possible user experience. SD-WAN application optimization capabilities can deliver a five times performance improvement for your cloud applications.

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Increasing page response time from 2 seconds to 8 seconds increases page abandonment by 33%.

Source: Why Web Performance Matters, Gomez.

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