A week ago, CEO Patrick Kerpan and I headed to the UK for AWS Summit London. We meet up with UK Managing Director Chris Purrington and Solution Architect Sam Mitchell. The four of us staffed the Cohesive Networks booth for both days of the Summit – Enterprise day and the general summit day. The Summit was held at ExCeL and boasted an impressive lineup of AWS stars including Amazon.com CTO Dr. Werner Vogels and AWS experts and partners.
Our booth display featured a security message without any red-letter FUD screaming at attendees. We asked attendees “who is pulling your cloud strings?” with two puppet-master hands comparing “their security” to “your security.” If you choose VNS3, you can take back control of your network security. The video in the photos is our latest VNS3:ms and VNS3:ha demo, showing high availability and instance-based failover in AWS.
Enterprise day – security first
Day 1 was the Enterprise Summit. While attendance was light – we estimate about 400 people came – the quality of interactions was high. We had several people stop by the Cohesive stand and immediately identify security as one of their top priorities. On the down side, most day 1 attendees were only starting to evaluate cloud and AWS. Good and bad news for us, since most of our customers use VNS3 after they get set up in AWS or launch a few cloud projects but it’s a very promising sign for “security maturity.”
The day 1 crowd had excellent questions and discussion with us. On average, most people were evaluating cloud and AWS. I took it as a great sign that people still just dipping their toes in cloud and AWS already know that security is a top priority. When cloud newbies identify security as something they need before they even log on to the AWS Console, I have a great feeling about the direction of the cloud marketplace and cloud buyers in general.
Developer day – security by priority
Day 2, the AWS Summit was marketing more as a developer conference open to all. The crowds came out for this one! As soon as doors opened, we were flooded by attendees looking to learn more and grab a VNS3 sticker. Even during the 2 hour keynote, people kept coming by to chat.
A major difference I noticed was the change in AWS usage from day 1 to day 2 attendees. While day 1 attendees were looking to get started with AWS, day 2 folks seemed to be old pros at cloud. Everyone attended sessions on day 2, proving that the biggest draw to AWS events is still the desire to learn more.
After the VPC specific session I had a long conversation with 2 software developers about some limitations in VPC. They were surprised that VPC limits things like the number of VPCs you can peer, endpoints, and protocols in their cloud. Of course, AWS doesn’t list off the ways their products don’t work. Over the years, we’ve developed VNS3 to enhance Amazon VPC because of our own needs, and customers needs that developed over time.
Once you begin building more complex, important, and larger cloud networks in AWS, things like IPsec interoperability, traffic in motion encryption, and IP address conflict resolution can make or break a cloud project.
Currently, traffic in AWS EC2 and VPC travels across untrusted, third party networks in plain text. With VNS3, you can encrypt all data to, from, and within the cloud using unique keys only you control. As those networks grow, you can add IPsec interoperability and flexibility by using a wide range of encryption algorithms to accommodate industry regulations like HIPAA, PCI, FIPS, etc.
VNS3 can also help you span subnets across Availability Zones, Regions and even into other clouds, beyond what VPC offers. Likewise, VNS3 lets you easily manage network address overlap and eliminate Public IP address conflict so you can better connect to any IPsec endpoints so you don’t get locked out of mission-critical connections. VNS3 also enables IPsec with NAT-Traversal encapsulation or GRE over IPsec (AWS only allows native IPsec), and UDP multicast. Want to learn more about VNS3 in AWS?
- About VNS3 in AWS: https://cohesive.net/vns3/aws-vpc
- Try the AWS Free Edition on the AWS Marketplace: https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B00DJC5A6U/ref=sp_mpg_product_title?ie=UTF8&sr=0-5
- VNS3 for Amazon Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOzn-5T3DRYfPNFEPEG1vA8ZchCO6tGbd
Get help with VNS3 in AWS:
- Support site FAQs: https://cohesivenet.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/200539306-FAQ
- Support docs & how to: https://cohesive.net/support/product-resources