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Evaluating Multicloud Connectivity Solutions

August 31, 2021

The increased use of diverse cloud deployments has many businesses reevaluating their connectivity strategies. According to Gartner, “41% of businesses expect to add interconnection services from their current data center supplier as a consequence of COVID-19.”[1] 

To improve the efficacy and performance of a multicloud strategy, businesses need to consider how to connect to these diverse clouds to promote an effective, high-performing cloud ecosystem that aligns with business expectations. One study revealed that 58% of businesses measure multicloud success by improved performance, while 52% gauge it by cost savings and 41% by delivery time. Achieving these metrics requires a level of knowledge and experience your organization may not have internally.

Whatever success looks like for your organization, consider the following when evaluating multicloud connectivity solutions.

Does your data center provider offer a national footprint?  

Connecting your business everywhere it needs to be without introducing unnecessary latency can be a challenge. A data center provider with a national footprint can offer the network and diverse locations to access leading cloud service providers near concentrations of users to minimize latency and improve the end user experience. It can also provide a geo-diverse disaster recovery (DR) solution.

By using a single provider to connect to multiple regions, you can also simplify vendor management for your IT team.

Does your data center provider own and manage their network?

Businesses want to be able to control and consume connectivity the same way they consume compute resources. As a result, control over the network that provides the connections continues to be a driver for businesses evaluating cloud connectivity. Data center providers that own and manage their own network infrastructure offer enhanced security and control over the connections and are accountable for its performance, if an issue occurs.

The public internet lacks this control and can introduce unwanted latency, lack-luster performance and potential risk into your connectivity strategy.

How easily can you scale connectivity?

To address continually evolving business demands, businesses need to be able to quickly and easily scale capacity and add new cloud connections, as needed. The ability to scale bandwidth in either direction, on demand, can be pivotal in optimizing performance and controlling costs.

While many businesses need to scale a connection to match business growth, some businesses require additional capacity in the short term. Online retailers may scale up capacity during the holiday season, and scale it back down when the season ends. DevOps can increase capacity to support a sandbox environment and return it to normal when testing is complete.

In addition to ensuring peak performance, this flexibility can also keep expenses in check, as network-as-a-service (NaaS) connectivity solutions offer usage-based billing.

The ease of this elasticity is equally important. Data center providers that offer user-friendly, self-service interfaces can help speed deployment time and promote efficiency.

Does your colocation provider offer professional services?

If your business lacks the internal expertise to devise a connected multicloud infrastructure on its own, consider leveraging the expertise of a professional services team. Regardless of the complexity of your needs, these skilled professionals can provide your business with the level of support you need as you design and implement your multicloud connectivity environment—from outlining your connectivity options to successfully configuring, testing and turning up the service.  

Flexential Cloud Fabric: Delivering secure, scalable connectivity

Flexential’s Cloud Fabric is a NaaS solution that allows your business to seamlessly connect to cloud service providers using Flexential’s dedicated 100 gigabyte (GB) network backbone across its portfolio of 38 data centers in 19 locations. With Cloud Fabric, businesses can quickly procure a physical port from Flexential and use its self-service interface to establish any number of flexible, secure virtual connections to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. The portal also allows your business to scale capacity on demand and view the status of your connections using the web, an API or a mobile device.  

Flexential’s private network also ensures heightened control over the security and performance of your connections. The combination of Cloud Fabric and Flexential’s geographically diverse data centers allows your organization to leverage a single provider to reach the places your business needs to go. This eliminates reliance on third-party solutions, providing a single partner to work with as you continue to strengthen and define your digital strategy. 

Cloud Fabric is also prorated to the day, allowing your business to scale capacity as required, while only paying for what you use—offering a significant cost savings over a dedicated connection. Flexential’s single, consolidated bill also simplifies invoice management for your IT and accounting teams.  

Learn more about Flexential Cloud Fabric and how it can help your business achieve your connectivity strategy.

 

[1] Gartner, Voice of the Enterprise Data Center, 2020.

Ryan Mallory, Chief Operating Officer, Colocation Services

Ryan Mallory

Chief Operating Officer, Colocation Services

Ryan drives operational excellence and performance optimization for the colocation and interconnection portfolio at Flexential including data center and network operations, product management, design, construction, engineering and facilities management.

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