PacketFabric’s Anna Claiborne: Automation and Programmability are the Future of Cloud Connections

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — CapRE Data Center Summits expend a lot of bandwidth on the challenges that firms face when migrating data to the Cloud. However, that are many layers to that process, since there are different kinds of cloud. In fact, even cloud-native companies face struggles when deploying hybrid cloud architecture. So at CapRE’s Northern California Data Center Summit, we gathered a panel of regional data center insiders to share lessons learned and perspective gleaned from this process. Moderator Mike Nguyen, Founder and CEO of Inflect put it well when he asked the panel -- how can you convince cloud native companies that they need to do something more than just buy a MacBook Pro? Anna Claiborne, Senior Vice-President for Software Engineering at PacketFabric shared some interesting analysis. “Connecting to the Cloud can cause quite a few issues,” she replied. “First you have your security and performance issues, which, just moving from a VPN for a direct connection can solve. So that’s easy to say – let’s just move over to a direct connection. But there are a lot of different layers just in that direct connection.” Claiborne then stressed that cloud service providers are not the same thing as  network service providers – far from it, in fact. “They know very well how to provide network services to themselves in their own internal environment, but they do not know how to provide services externally,” she explained. “The limitations…