A direct connection from a data center provides the optimal “native onramp” to consistent application performance, cost-savings and revenue opportunities.
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5 reasons to directly connect your
Direct connect limits the points of network access. The point-to-point connectivity is in itself a security advantage. Also, keep in mind that the colocation provider’s digital ecosystem can include cybersecurity service providers to strengthen defense.
In the speed test we discussed above, we measured the latency and variability by pinging a public cloud compute center in Cheyenne, Wyoming from our Denver data center. The maximum latency on the public internet was 28ms and minimum latency was 8ms. For a private connection, the maximum latency was 7ms and the minimum latency was 4ms.*
The business case shapes up much the same for hybrid IT. Moving some infrastructure into colocation and cloud cuts CapEx costs associated with servers, switching gear, the high risk of outages and the expenses for power (including backup systems) and cooling.
For companies in industries that require private connections, the costs of WAN connections and Layer 2 network services can be significant. Connecting directly reduces WAN networking requirements. The bottom line is that a cross connect fee is far lower than the cost for redundant WAN connections. And the consistent monthly recurring charge is much easier to manage.
Hybrid IT expands the field of battle, inherently creating the possibility for more security breaches. A larger infrastructure fabric and connection to the public internet is simply less defensible.
On-premises core business applications, private and public cloud workloads and edge services each have specific performance requirements. However, common key performance indicators (KPIs) are speed and variability. Intuitively, you assume that a direct connection is faster. But how much? In speed tests, we found that the average latency was reduced by 44%, and that a private connection reduced variability by more than 60%.
Digital transformation and cloud computing are, to some extent, capital and operational expense reduction strategies. However, unless you are “cloud-smart,” they might not play out as expected.
Direct connections provide the high reliability of a private network and help achieve the 100% uptime that is so important in healthcare, government, e-commerce and many other industries.
Consistent network experience is a performance metric that we keep coming back to. Because the public Internet is a network of networks, spikes in demand and variations in network capabilities can cause inconsistencies in reliability. In contrast, a direct connection minimizes the number of data exchange points, or “hops,” and draws a straight line between users and data sources.
Direct connections are part of what enables CoreSite to guarantee a 100% uptime SLA. The other parts? 24x7x365 remote hands service and data centers designed with power redundancy, network diversity, environmentally hardened architectures and disaster recovery services.
Ease of Doing Business
Hybrid IT can cause a love/hate relationship. You love the advantages, but you might hate the complexity it adds to managing vendors, abstraction that makes it hard to know where applications live and the opportunity for shadow IT “projects” that fly under the radar until they become a security or performance problem.
Direct cloud interconnect makes day-to-day business easier for your IT teams. You no longer need to manage private WAN connections for each cloud provider, and you reduce the number of vendors you work with. You also have access to a more diverse digital ecosystem and centralize utilities to support rapid access to public clouds.
You’ll have better visibility into operations applications, and application development teams can respond to requests from business units for applications that make their processes slick and easy. Connecting directly can even help improve unified communication and collaboration services, which are critical to productivity for remote workers.
Latency once was a performance metric critical to just a few industries, such as financial and entertainment, but is now important to most enterprises.
Why? Because user experience is a major differentiator. People abandon apps (and providers) that don’t deliver the experience they want, whether that’s for e-commerce, remote work, or data analytics at the edge or in clouds.
The lowered latency via connecting directly enables transferring large data sets in workflows and consistent user experience, regardless of location. Application performance is optimized. Low latency and reliable virtual connections simplify management and create experiences that keep end users loyal.
Everyone understands that it costs money to move data. However, you need to be cloud smart because moving data into a public cloud is free, but bringing it out is a paid service, and the egress rates vary according to your location and cloud provider service plans.
Connecting directly not only reduces networking costs, but it can also reduce egress rates as well. Cloud providers often incentivize cloud interconnect. AWS, for instance, offers substantially reduced data egress rates for those leveraging AWS Direct Connect through a Direct Connect Partner.
WHY IS LATENCY IMPORTANT?
How does direct connect save money?
The drive for digital business gave birth to hybrid IT. Companies today understand the advantages that come with utilizing a mix of clouds to deliver applications and services. Unfortunately, it’s just not easy to orchestrate! Direct connection technology is an answer to hybrid IT complexity that also sets new standards for agility, performance and reliability.
As you look to better align your technology investments to your business strategy, think about how a dedicated connection between your company and your clouds could help you take the next step in your digital transformation.
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The advantages are clear: Public clouds offer storage, processing and reach that can catalyze business growth.
The Use of Third-Party Cloud Services is Becoming the IT Model of Choice
Digital businesses rely on on-premises, colocation-hosted and public clouds. A smart multicloud strategy creates better customer experiences, new revenue opportunities and cost reductions.
The problem is that spreading core business services, application development and data across a hybrid cloud environment multiplies complexity for security, infrastructure reliability and resiliency, vendor management and application visibility.
It Also Raises Two Fundamental Questions for Enterprises Committed to Hybrid IT:
FIGURE 1: Multicloud is the model of choice for almost 90% of organizations surveyed in the Flexera 2022 State of the Cloud Report.
FIGURE 2: The U.S. cloud computing market size was valued at $101.48 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 14.8% annually, according to Grand View Research.
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