Prosimo Launches DevNetOps Toolkit for Multicloud


By: R. Scott Raynovich

Prosimo has introduced a new software toolkit designed to enable networking and DevOps teams to build multicloud networking functionality into their applications using an infrastructure-as-code (IaC) approach.

The Prosimo Full Stack Cloud Transit provides orchestration of cloud networking services, zero-trust security, and network monitoring and visibility features that can span multicloud and hybrid cloud environments. Prosimo’s new DevNetOps toolkit provides capabilities to simplify networking across clouds, including automation of per-application routing, security, performance, compliance, and management of cost policies.

Surge in Multicloud Networking Interest

Prosimo’s technology is part of a surge of interest in multicloud networking and security technologies, which include both multicloud networking (MCN) tools as well as zero-trust networking tools. The primary challenge that end users are trying to solve is connecting to the growing variety of cloud applications and infrastructure as well as the increased use of Internet transit to connect to these applications.

According to research from ESG cited by Prosimo, the majority of organizations struggle to perform the appropriate infrastructure testing. With 89% of respondents citing the use of two or more CSPs, it will be imperative for IT operations to create an efficient, reliable, and repeatable process in these complex environments, according to ESG.

Futuriom’s own research has discovered similar needs. Last year’s MCN survey, which is now being prepared for this year, shows that networking and applications managers would like to find better ways to assure performance and security when connecting multicloud and hybrid networks. As the chart below shows, the top drivers for MCN technology include managing security policy and visibility across multiple clouds (selected by 53%), building MCNs more quickly (52%), and streamlining application connectivity with centralized orchestration (49%). (Multiple responses were allowed.)

Long List of Features

The features in Prosimo’s DevNetOps toolkit provide core capabilities that target cloud operations teams and orchestrate cloud service provider (CSP) networking functionality while automating per-application routing, security, performance, compliance, and cost management policies, according to the company.

The goal is to provide an abstraction layer to manage networking and infrastructure management tasks. Here are the features in the new Prosimo toolkit:

  • Infrastructure-as-code for cloud networking - Prosimo abstracts the API layer to CSP capabilities and networking constructs: Simply click and set up. It also automates and ties network, micro-segmentation, policy control, and zero-trust into a deployment CI/CD pipeline, aligned with application roll-outs. In addition, Prosimo provides repeatable pipelines to deploy and undeploy services quickly.
  • Infrastructure aligned to applications lifecycle - Onboarding new regions, clouds, and datacenters in greenfield and brownfield environments through efficient infrastructure orchestration using native constructs in multicloud, including the ability to connect and secure cloud-native endpoints (e.g., S3), understanding A/B, canary.
  • Service networking - Attach FQDNs, serverless, PaaS, and SaaS apps with enterprise workloads running in any cloud. This leverages cloud-native service networking techniques based on FQDN and layer 7 proxies, including network constructs at the IP layer.
  • Faster MTTR - Prosimo offers end-to-end enterprise infrastructure observability for applications and networks across the entire path over multicloud environments. ML-driven insights quickly identify a problem's root cause and provide recommendations and automation to improve connectivity or performance. Prosimo claims it is the the only platform to offer programmatic query infrastructure across the full stack.

This sophisticated product release should add to the momentum behind the MCN market as interest in the technology heats. The startup field in MCN is starting to fill out and mature as more tools come to market. Some of the other leading companies in the MCN market include Alkira, Aviatrix, Arrcus, F5 Networks, and VMware.