Two heads are better than one. So are two clouds. That’s the lesson cloud service providers are learning as their demand for access and bandwidth goes from fixed to fluid. Data centers now use cloud connectivity to instantly scale to a company’s needs. The immediate benefits are obvious, like better management of budgets, IT resources and capital expenditures. But there are also some obvious pitfalls, most notably, data security and safety.
Bright ideas for best practices
Colocation. Colocation. Colocation. “What is colocation,” you ask? Think of a data center that rents out server space to companies. So now companies no longer need to build, maintain and update their own data centers. The idea of collocation makes sense for companies of any size because you can lease by the rack, cabinet, cage or room. Beyond the impact on capital expenditures, another reason to consider colocation is for disaster recovery and ensuring multiple points to back up sensitive data.
Security must never be compromised. From the physical security of the facility itself to data security and information protection, security is usually the number one driver in deciding which data center to use. Consider all aspects of cloud connectivity security:
1. Network and Internal System security – Data center architecture must include firewalls, encryption and antivirus solutions.
2. Software and Application Security – Apps continue to change the way companies conduct business and people access business services. Developers have integrated physical tokens, digital certificates, and biometric confirmation.
Real-time scalability makes a real difference. To be more accurate, real-time hyper-scalability makes a real difference. Being a part of a multi-tenant architecture allows you to burst into public clouds, like Amazon Web, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform when demand spikes. Companies must be able to right-size their bandwidth as needed to deliver a more consistent network experience.
With an ever-increasing number network carriers and cloud service providers, it is important for any data center to provide their clients with direct connections to new and emerging entities. Carrier-neutral data centers that are spread out across the United States, Europe and Asia are becoming more popular among those interested in secure data storage and back-up, along with on-demand access to high-capacity networks.
4 focal points for Direct Cloud Connectivity
These four areas highlight the main benefits of using data centers that offer direct cloud connectivity.
1. Reduce bandwidth costs – direct data transfer is cheaper than Internet data transfer. For cloud providers with bandwidth-intense applications this can become a source of significant savings.
2. Consistent network performance – direct data transfer eliminates network latency. With direct cloud connectivity, the data uses a dedicated connection.
3. Elasticity and flexibility – ramp up bandwidth immediately without losing service or crashing. This makes it easy to transfer large amounts of data and keep workflows portable.
4. Usage-based pricing – add only the services you need and pay only for the bandwidth you use. That kind of control gives you unprecedented granularity into usage and budget allocation.
The ideas of simplicity and security are the core drivers of cloud connectivity. Interconnectivity is the future of data storage, access, and security. If you want additional information you may find this Executive Report on IT Connectivity helpful.