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Star Wars Day Special: Lessons from the destruction of the Death Star

The Battle of Yavin is one of the greatest space battles in cinematic history. For those unfamiliar with the Star Wars Universe, it is an epic battle where we witnessed the destruction of the first Death Star – the Galactic Empire’s (bad guys!) ultimate weapon. Built to destroy entire civilisation, the Death Star is a menacing weapon of mass destruction that threatens the survival of the Rebel Alliance (good guys!).

Moving forward without geeking out on the detail, the Rebellion got their hands on the Death Star plans and discovers its only weakness: the thermal exhaust port. Luke Skywalker, the greatest Jedi of all time–let’s debate–took advantage of this vulnerability and blasted the Death Star to pieces with the help of the Force. Hurray!

In a far less technologically advanced world like ours, there are some lessons to be learnt from The Battle of Yavin.
Many businesses today rely on cloud computing for storage, managing their workloads and engaging their customers. Unfortunately, like the Death Star, cloud-based application has a weakness: downtime. According to Gartner, businesses that experience network downtime are looking at an average cost of $5,600 per minute. While it will not destroy the business entirely, there are negative impacts on productivity and customer trust.

Direct Connection to the Cloud
The cloud is a powerful technology for any businesses today. As long as you have access to the internet, you can access your data and run your business without a hitch. But what if your internet access is down? Like the Galactic Empire, you may be at the early stage of shifting to the cloud and have high expectations but overlooked the critical connectivity issue. To mitigate the risk of downtime, businesses should consider establishing direct connection to the cloud using a reliable private network. With direct connectivity to the cloud, you can be assured with consistent performance while keeping your mission-critical data protected.

Visibility and Control over the Network
Grand Moff Tarkin is a terrible leader. He is the mastermind of the first Death Star yet does not have total control and visibility. The destruction could have been prevented if he were to immediately access the blueprint and identify the weakness in the thermal exhaust port. Instead he went about business as usual, attacking the Rebels and destroying an entire planet. By having visibility and control over your network, you can see exactly how your cloud connection is performing and that will allow you to identify any potential issue. This gives you the ability to deliver applications and services with maximum performance and high-quality user experience.

Multi-Cloud Strategy
Let’s face it, the Galactic Empire could have done better without the Death Star. A group of students at Lehigh University estimate the cost of building the Death Star to be around $852 quadrillion. That’s a lot of eggs in one basket and all that money was blasted in outer space by a single shot of proton torpedoes. Similarly, adopting a multi-cloud strategy might be the wiser choice for most businesses today. Results from a survey by RightScale show that 84% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy. With the challenges associated with connecting to multiple clouds on a global scale, businesses can simplify the management of their cloud connectivity with Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

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