If your job is to build infrastructure for a gaming company, your priority is to keep the games up and running with great performance — making sure all event logs are properly setup, those logs are forwarded for analytics, and using scripting tools to manage new games as well as new software releases. And as such, networking in the cloud may be the last thing on your mind, indeed, cloud networking should become a substrate that you don’t have to worry about so you may focus your time on the real stuff, the games.
Where would you start?
How do you build a cloud network for gaming? What is a good network architecture?
You should consider the following dimensions beyond agility, connectivity and security.
Be it a public cloud or hybrid cloud deployment, these key metrics are the pillars that build a successful cloud infrastructure for mobile and online game development/publishing. The vital constructs Aviatrix uses to enable such a productive cloud architecture are the following:
Examples of best practices in designing a cloud network architecture in the gaming industry are illustrated in Figures 1, 2, and 3. Instead of each game project being a standalone VPC, each game is assigned an account with multiple VPCs. A VPC is stood up based on development, user, and cost metrics that provides the necessary visibility to constantly improve your organization’s success. The common denominator to reach a successful architecture is to instantiate a Management VPC embedded with a gateway with the ability to route transitively. This Management VPC hosts all tools and networks securely to all other VPCs for software updates, administration and to ensure access control.
Fig 1: Best practices for online/mobile game developer’s cloud architecture
For production VPCs where actual games and applications are hosted in the case for gaming publishers; multi-region deployments are important for best user experience by users. User metrics become extremely important in this case.
Fig 2: Best practices for an online/mobile game publisher’s cloud architecture
In both diagrams, one Aviatrix Controller is launched in the management VPC. From the controller’s web console, you can:
DevOps and developers access all VPCs directly through an Elastics Load Balanced Aviatrix VPN gateways in the management VPC as privileges permit.
Summarizing all of the concepts discussed, the most successful gaming companies that have found success in scaling their cloud platform utilized a variation of the following architecture.