Amazon Web Services at re:Invent has announced a new managed wide area network (WAN) service designed for enterprises to build, manage and monitor a unified global network that connects cloud and on-premises environments using via AWS.
According to the company, AWS Cloud WAN provides a central dashboard that enterprises can use to connect their on-premises branch offices, data centers and Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) across the AWS global network in just a few clicks.
AWS bills the new service as a way to connect on-premises data centers, branch offices and cloud environments like AWS, taking the burden off of IT to build and manage their own global networks while leveraging networking, security and internet service from multiple third-party providers.
Enterprises can use AWS Cloud WAN’s central dashboard and network policies to build, manage and monitor a global network that spans multiple locations and networks, eliminating the need to configure and manage separate networks with different technologies, the company says.
With AWS Cloud WAN, enterprises can use a central dashboard and network policies to build, manage, and monitor a global network that spans multiple locations and networks—eliminating the need to configure and manage different networks individually using different technologies, according to the company.
The new service also integrators with major SD_WAN and network appliance providers, including Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, VMWare and Aruba, so customers can use and manage products and services from those providers.
To get started, customers can connect their on-premises environments to AWS via a telecommunications service provider to bridge the gap between data centers or colocation facilities and the AWSD network to extend their existing WAN network to the cloud.
According to AWS, customers can then deploy a highly available global network by selecting the AWS Regions closest to their on-premises locations and then easily add or remove remote locations, data centers, or Amazon VPCs to and from their global network with just a few clicks in the AWS Cloud WAN console or using the AWS Cloud WAN API.
The service is currently available in preview in US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), Africa (Cape Town), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), and South America (São Paulo) with availability in additional AWS Regions coming soon.
David Brown, vice president of Amazon EC2 at AWS, said in a statement that customers routinely complain about the complexity of managing multiple networks with different connectivity, security and monitoring requirements using third-party products and services.
“With AWS Cloud WAN, customers can simplify how they manage a WAN by using a central dashboard to unify the multiple networks they manage today, implement network policies for performance and security, easily add locations, and automate advanced network settings,” he said. “AWS Cloud WAN removes the difficulty of stitching together and managing multiple third-party tools so customers can now more easily keep their networks securely connected and high performing.”