Building a Global Enterprise VPC in 3 Minutes

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At the main forum of the Computing Conference 2018 in Hangzhou, Jiang Jiangwei, General Manager of Alibaba Technology R&D, demonstrated how to build an enterprise Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) in just minutes.

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The procedure involved only three steps: powering on a PC, connecting its WAN port to the Internet, and connecting its LAN port to another PC. The on-site PC successfully connected to the enterprise SAP system deployed on Alibaba Cloud through the VPC without any other operations on this PC.

In addition, the network quality test results showed that the network quality of the enterprise VPC built using SmartAG was improved in aspects of delay and packet loss.

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The centralized configuration and automatic route learning capabilities of SmartAG are mainly implemented by one system and two components.

One System: Alibaba Cloud Apsara Virtual Network System

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Two Components: Cloud Connect Network (CCN) and CEN

CEN provides communication channels between cloud resources, and between cloud resources and Internet data centers (IDCs). Through automatic route distribution and learning, CEN also supports fast network convergence and high-quality cross-city communication. CEN is devoted to helping users build a globally interconnected enterprise-scale network with communication capabilities.

As a powerful tool for automatically building an enterprise VPC, what are the highlights of SmartAG? To answer this question, Yunqi Community interviewed the Alibaba Cloud network product team. The following are the details:

What Are the Main Functions of SmartAG?

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What Is the Greatest Strength of SmartAG when Comparing with Similar Products on the Market?

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Compared to similar products on the market, SmartAG is superior in aspects of zero configuration in a real sense and cloud-network integration capabilities. It can truly benefit enterprises by freeing them from maintenance. SmartAG deeply integrates cloud technologies with abundant network resources relying on the Alibaba Cloud network that covers 18 regions worldwide, bears a total egress bandwidth of over 200 Tbit/s, and provides network resources of 200 multi-line Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) lines.

What Are the Highlights and Core Technologies of SmartAG?

Intelligence

With the VPN tunnel auto-negotiation and centralized control technologies, SmartAG helps enterprises monitor the topology of the entire network in real time and implement automatic device configuration delivery.

Auto scaling: Enterprises can implement real-time bandwidth adaptation based on business requirements, or adjust the peak bandwidth to meet the requirements of burst traffic.

Plug and play: SmartAG is available after devices are powered on and connected to the Internet. It is easy to use, with low skill requirements for its users.

Adaptive routing: SmartAG manages a network by hierarchy. When a node changes on the network, manual configuration adjustment is not required. SmartAG can dynamically perceive routes on the entire network through controllers, and automatically forward and learn the routes. This greatly reduces the complexity of route configuration and maintenance.

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Lower Costs

Workforce: SmartAG supports zero configuration and frees enterprises from maintenance, reducing labor costs.

Time: SmartAG supports plug and play, reducing time costs.

Network: SmartAG achieves an optimum balance between network quality and costs. This helps enterprises minimize direct investment without affecting experience.

High Reliability

Device-level disaster recovery: SmartAG is deployed on two nodes in active/standby mode. If the active node is faulty, business can be quickly switched to the standby node.

Link-level disaster recovery: Links through the broadband Internet, 4G network, and private line function as the backup of each other, and SmartAG can automatically switch from one link to another.

Access-level disaster recovery: SmartAG supports simultaneous access from dual access points. An access party can automatically switch between the dual access points within seconds.

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Security

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Centralized Control

What are the Differences between Different SmartAG Models?

Software client: a software app mainly used in mobile office and remote maintenance scenarios.

SAG-100b: a desktop device supporting a maximum bandwidth of 100 Mbit/s. This type is applicable to branch (or store) interconnection and cloud access scenarios for small-sized enterprises.

SAG-100wm: a desktop device supporting a maximum bandwidth of 100 Mbit/s as well as 4G and Wi-Fi capabilities. This type is applicable to branch (or store) interconnection and cloud access scenarios for medium-sized enterprises.

SAG-1000: a rack-mounted device supporting a maximum bandwidth of 1 Gbit/s and ensures reliability at three levels. This type is applicable to branch interconnection and cloud-based data center access scenarios for large-sized enterprises.

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What Other Industries Can SmartAG Be Applied to?

What Business Models Are Available for SmartAG?

SmartAG fully opens network capabilities and provides application programming interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) technologies to meet application integrators’ requirements for secondary development or service integration into solutions. Alibaba Cloud welcomes channel agents or sales agents to maximize the commercial value of the entire ecosystem.

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Reference:https://www.alibabacloud.com/blog/building-a-global-enterprise-vpc-in-3-minutes_594127?spm=a2c41.12232714.0.0

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