back to article This startup says it can glue all your networks together in the cloud

Multi-cloud networking startup Alkira has decided it wants to be a network-as-a-service (NaaS) provider with the launch of its cloud area networking platform this week. The upstart, founded in 2018, claims this platform lets customers automatically stitch together multiple on-prem datacenters, branches, and cloud workloads at …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Stitch all your networks together? ISTR someone had the same idea a good long while ago. It was called Arpanet. I wonder what happened to it.

  2. Mike 137 Silver badge

    Playing Devil's advocate

    Another layer of complexity between you and your data, remembering that complexity is inversely proportional to reliability. One has to wonder how effectively (if at all) such an intermediary will interface betweeen you and a cloud provider in event of failure (e.g. yesterday's Cloudflare collapse). If they don't, you'll still have to keep tabs on each of your providers yourself.

    1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

      Re: Playing Devil's advocate

      But that's how jobs are being created! In a truly Keynesian fasion.

  3. devin3782

    Imagine the data you could eavesdrop on and sell

  4. elsergiovolador Silver badge


    A cloud of vomit may suddenly appear if I hear cloud once more.

  5. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Cloud was supposed to make life easier"

    Yes. Supposed to. That's certainly how it has been sold (and is still being sold).

    Unfortunately, the reality of the fact that you're depending on someone else's server tends to get in the way.

  6. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Not flashy

    I'd switch everything to encrypted traffic over IPv6 but such simple solutions never make your blog posts famous. People would rather read about a cleverly complicated global LAN aggregator.

    1. MTimC

      Re: Not flashy

      That's exactly what I was thinking. Why is this so hard? Global IP traffic for consumers is now mostly IPv6 in many jurisdictions, and firms such as MS made a big deal about how they used it to avoid clashing RFC 1918 networks.

      What's less clear is why there's no big push for IPv6 from the cloud vendors and startups helping to seed best practice. There is a barrier in a lot of legacy software, but why keep layering on the pain? (or is it just job preservation that's not been spotted?)

  7. Snowy Silver badge


    and when it breaks someone else can make some more glue to glue the bits together.

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