Hosting providers had been primarily focused on providing data center space, power, and security for many years. But recently, with data center innovation, there is a focus on developing co-location (CoLo) space which is more scalable, ﬂexible, and cost-effective. Enterprises used to keep data center applications and services in-house; today, they’re leaping into the public cloud ecosystem to fulfill their needs quickly, with little or no upfront cost. Enterprises are, therefore, adopting hybrid cloud and it has become really important that the on-premise data center can connect to the public cloud. A good power and cooling strategy is no longer enough to maximize efficiency in the modern data center. Now, the data center is required where all devices and networks are connected in a hybrid cloud. Success in the CoLo market requires rapid adoption of interconnection services.
‘The interconnected era’ is the new age for data center providers. Enterprises are not only leveraging cloud service providers but also are demanding multiple cloud connectivity as digital technology continues to demand new innovation, which will involve multiple clouds. New-age companies such as Uber, Tesla, Amazon, and Airbnb leverage multi-cloud from cloud service providers because they don’t want dependency on single public cloud. Hence, the interconnection between data centers and multiple public cloud providers environments or hybrid cloud connectivity through cloud service providers is now becoming a key decision criterion.
Hybrid Cloud Connectivity Options
There are three options through which we can connect data centers and multiple public cloud: the internet, MPLS links, and direct connect/interconnect.
With the internet, there is inconsistent performance in data center operations. It is ﬁt for latency insensitive apps and workloads but security of data center operations is a major concern here. With MPLS, there is a challenge integration for multi-cloud as it involves multi-network and cloud service provider.
It also requires very high bandwidth from data center providers for latency-sensitive workloads. With direct connect, the cloud and CoLo environments are brought into one location so there is simpliﬁed networking. This ensures high-quality user experiences and security. Besides, it also shortens the physical distance between users and applications operating in the cloud.
DIY Approach to Multi-cloud vs. Direct Connect Approach
The do-it-yourself (DIY) approach is complex, costlier, and needs more time to market because it will require different processes for each cloud provisioning and support. It will also require different software integration for each cloud and different network implementation for each cloud connectivity.
Whereas, in the case of direct connect platform approach by CoLo, provider approach is very simple and quicker to market as it has single global process for provisioning and support. It also has single global integration software and globally consistent network implementation.
Real-Time Management of Multi-Cloud
The customer today is looking for many connections rather than simple one-to-one connection between public cloud and CoLo space. CoLo providers are now designing platform, which will allow many-to-many public cloud connections in a dedicated and secured manner. This platform allows the customers to manage their connections in real time. They can now easily turn up and shut down at any time with the simple web-based user interface.
Interconnect Platform Beneﬁcial for Enterprises
The interconnect platform is one-stop solution for multiple public cloud connectivity. This platform gives the ﬂexibility to update the connection as the requirements evolve for multi-cloud. It also provides a single management web portal to manage all the clouds. It makes enterprises free from vendor lock-in and gives them multiple public cloud options to choose with quicker time to market.