The Path to the Cloud – How Fiber Connectivity Drives Successful Cloud Migration

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

By Marc Dyman, Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer

Enterprise cloud adoption is increasing at an exponential rate. In fact, according to global market intelligence firm, IDC, by 2021, enterprise spending on cloud services and infrastructure will pass $530 billion and more than 90 percent of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms.

For enterprises choosing to migrate operations and workloads to the cloud, robust and secure fiber connectivity within a mission-critical colocation facility is a must. Not all data centers are created equal, though, so it’s important for enterprise cloud leaders to do their homework to identify the provider able to serve their company’s individual needs when it comes to cloud connectivity. With that said, choosing the right data center with the best connection to the cloud is only half the battle – organizations must also ensure there’s fiber network infrastructure providing interconnectivity between their locations and their chosen data centers. And when it comes to choosing the right fiber connectivity solution to empower cloud applications, availability, scalability, and reliability must be key considerations.

Availability ensures reliable access into your data center and subsequent cloud service providers via low-latency fiber interconnectivity. Although fiber availability may be limited in in rural locations which are less fiber-dense than major metro areas, many network providers are now diligently working to expand their fiber footprints into underserved regions. According to Vertical Systems Group, as of 2016, roughly 50 percent of the commercial buildings in the country did not have access to fiber networks, so fiber providers with both the resources to build and experience to construct are critical to ensuring wide-spread availability.

With the continued trend of growing adoption of cloud-based applications and the subsequent movement or more data to cloud capable data centers, capacity needs are increasing at an unpredictable rate. Therefore, scalability is the most important feature for future-proofing critical enterprise systems and functions – and only fiber offers the capability to scale within a matter of hours. In our digital era, enterprises have begun to transform their operations as they embrace the inevitability of cloud migration.

Looking toward the future, revolutionary technologies will continue to increase connectivity needs. By leveraging a highly scalable fiber network to connect with data centers and the cloud, organizations can ensure they are prepared to accommodate unexpected growth in bandwidth demands.

When cloud technologies are incorporated into mission-critical applications and operations, dependable connectivity becomes a non-negotiable. In this sense, reliability is also closely tied with security and business continuity. The past year has seen a drastic increase in cybercrime and DDoS attacks, compromising sensitive data and bringing many enterprises and organizations offline. A network provider that offers secure network options can ensure that your data and operations remain safe and available.

My prior experience in the data center industry has given me first-hand exposure to the impact connectivity can have on successful hybrid cloud deployments. It’s easy for enterprise organizations to spot which data centers offer the densest connectivity because they only have to look at which campuses hold the highest occupancy rates. At FiberLight, we collaborate and co-design networks with data center operators to ensure the best possible experience for enterprise customers. We focus on two fronts: building best-in-class infrastructure between facilities and extending our own networks to outside locations. Our data center partnerships allow us to provide our customers with complete solutions which deliver the space, power, and the connectivity necessary to fully realize the promises of the cloud.

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