By Lauren Liberto, Product Manager
From finance and healthcare to education and government, organizations across a wide range of verticals are migrating their mission-critical data and applications to the cloud in droves. 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. However, in order to achieve the increased flexibility and operational efficiency provided by a successful cloud strategy, these companies must deploy the most effective means of cloud connectivity available.
While many turned to the public internet in the early days of cloud deployment, this type of connection often proves to be less than desirable because of limited network security, unreliable performance, and the added responsibility of managing multiple networks and cloud vendors in-house. In order to ensure performance, reliability, and ROI, direct connectivity is the key to optimizing cloud services and infrastructure.
This innovative approach to network connectivity provides users with a simple way to command agile and secure access to their mission-critical services. Here are our top five reasons organizations should consider adopting a direct connectivity strategy to reach the cloud.
- Lower Cost
Many public cloud offerings are actually more expensive when it comes to egress fees for data retrieval. However, in order to incentivize the use of secure, private connectivity, providers will bill customers utilizing these solutions at lower rates.
- Improved Security
For a highly secure cloud strategy, enterprises should connect directly to digital ecosystems, which bypass unsecure public networks. By establishing a private connection, users reduce the risk of data breach or cyberattack by limiting exposure to the public internet.
- Simplified Network Management
When establishing a cloud strategy, companies may spread services across multiple platforms to support different applications. The result is that in-house professionals take on the difficult task of managing interconnections and ensuring on-demand access. A single direct connectivity circuit provides access to a broad range of cloud providers and solutions, which both saves time and reduces frustration.
- Greater Scalability
Direct connectivity to cloud exchange fabrics makes it easy for enterprises to establish a right-size solution which can be scaled up or down with minimal effort. As a result, users only pay for the services they need while future-proofing their cloud strategy with flexible bandwidth options.
- More Reliable Computing
With dedicated, high-bandwidth, low-latency interconnectivity, direct connections deliver improved application performance and a more reliable end-user experience.
FiberLight Cloud Connect provides an effective alternative to public internet connectivity to the cloud, offering customers dedicated cross-connection solutions. By leveraging partnerships with the most trusted cloud exchange providers, FiberLight Cloud Connect establishes private connections to select cloud platforms utilizing carrier-grade fiber infrastructure combined with Ethernet and long-haul solutions. Our highly-customizable network is designed to help enterprises achieve their goals for network performance, scalability, security and reliability while simplifying the process of cloud migration.