Pioneering supercloud – EnterpriseWeb uses abstraction layer to tackle distributed complexity challenge

Originally posted by SiliconAngle

July 27, 2023

by Brian Njuguna

As the enterprise world increasingly becomes distributed, diverse and dynamic, creating meaningful connections is imperative, and this is spearheading the supercloud narrative.

Since the complexity of being distributed is a growing challenge, EnterpriseWeb LLC offers an abstraction layer for connectivity purposes, enabling businesses to act in a unified manner, according to Dave Duggal (pictured), founder and managing director at EnterpriseWeb.

“We talk about supercloud; we actually absolutely align with your definitions of supercloud,” he said. “We saw this trend towards distributed systems generally. It’s really hard for even advanced engineers to deal with event-driven applications, being asynchronous and issues like immutability. You’d like to abstract them away from the developer so the developer can focus on business logic, and that’s where EnterpriseWeb really had its roots.”

Duggal spoke with theCUBE industry analyst Dave Vellante at the Supercloud 3: Security, AI and the Supercloud event, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. They discussed how EnterpriseWeb is abstracting the distributed complexity problem away.

EnterpriseWeb says it was supercloud … before there was supercloud

Based on the notion that enterprises were not going to just rely on one cloud, EnterpriseWeb knew it was not a matter of if but when multicloud would materialize, according to Duggal. This has since escalated to hybrid cloud and supercloud.

“Back then, when essentially the cloud gathered steam around 2012, 2013, we were already looking at, ‘Well you’re not going to probably deploy just the one cloud; you probably are going to be working across multiple clouds,’” Duggal said. “It was almost inevitable, and by 2015, when I first met you guys at the Structure Conference, we were already presenting hybrid multicloud before it was really a thing. I think it’s fair to say we were supercloud before there was supercloud.”

As data continues to be a major crown jewel, it has become significantly distributed based on the need for different use cases. Aggregating data is required, and this can be realized by bringing cutting-edge technologies, such as GenAI, data cloud and machine learning, together to accelerate the next level of transformative business cases, and EnterpriseWeb is helping with the automation aspect, Duggal pointed out.

“It’s great to be distributed; you want to be at the edge, you want to be close to the customer, you want to do the processing as close to where the customer is and where the experience is happening with IoT,” he stated. “There are reasons to be distributed, but it’s also very nice to have an aggregated pool of data.”

Dynamic security across cloud and the edge

Establishing a static connection is not enough in a network, because the constant traffic experienced creates room for attack. As a result, EnterpriseWeb not only provides secure connectivity, but also reacts and continuously optimizes response to the volatile network.

“We did this Intel 5G RAN test bed; it was a secure 5G gateway,” Duggal said. “What was interesting about this is it was what you’d call public MEC. It was running in AWS. AWS was one of the partners on this project, as well as in edge nodes that were running in Intel’s lab for this industry project. What we were demonstrating is that we could do dynamic security across the cloud and edge.”

The telecom industry has a superset of distributed systems problems. This is because they not only ride on top of the cloud, but also provide the internet and the network. EnterpriseWeb comes in handy when tackling this extra layer of complexity, according to Duggal.

“We do a lot of work in telecom, because telecom is almost the archetype of complex distributed systems,” he explained. “We work in IoT, life sciences, just did a banking app, so we can work on any vertical.”

Since many security providers have rich APIs, a lot of things can be done with modern security software. Nevertheless, challenges emerge, because in most cases telecoms and enterprises statically deploy a security firewall, despite them not having the ability to dynamically manage it. EnterpriseWeb helps with this problem by looking at the bigger picture of the network being volatile and configurations static, according to Duggal.

“With EnterpriseWeb, what we demonstrated in this use case with Intel, working with Fortinet, AWS and others, we were actually able to show that 20 gigabytes per second running over the public cloud,” he noted. “As network traffic changed, as attacks were noticed on the network, we were able to optimize the configuration of that Fortinet firewall product to maintain the highest levels of security. At the same time, we were also dynamically configuring the network for low latency and energy efficiency, doing those all continuously at millisecond speed.”