Data centers have become inextricably linked with the cloud for organizations of all sizes. IT Connectivity has become more important as bandwidth-intensive applications have moved to the cloud. There are reliability and security issues associated with basic internet connections.
Direct cloud connectivity establishes a dedicated network connection from a colocation facility to any cloud provider, reducing network costs, increasing bandwidth throughput and providing a more consistent network experience than internet-based connections.
The Benefits of Direct Cloud Connectivity
For end users, direct cloud connectivity can be simple and secure. And the business benefits include:
• Reduced bandwidth costs. For bandwidth-heavy workloads running on the cloud, direct cloud connectivity reduces network costs into and out of the cloud in two ways:
• By transferring data to and from cloud provider directly, businesses can reduce the bandwidth commitment to their internet service provider.
• All data transferred over a dedicated connection is charged at a lower cloud connection rate than an internet data-transfer rate.
• Consistent network performance. Given that the internet is constantly changing how data gets from point A to B, network latency can vary. With direct cloud connectivity, the data uses a dedicated connection; how that data is routed can provide a more consistent network experience over internet-based connections.
• Elasticity and flexibility. The elastic nature of direct cloud connectivity makes it possible for businesses to flex and scale depending on immediate needs. It’s no longer mandatory to negotiate for services in advance and commit to a long-term contract. Instead, businesses can order services as needed, scale them to meet user needs, and turn them off without notice. These services are immediately available, without having the wait to bring new foundations and applications up to speed.
This extreme flexibility makes it easy to transfer large amounts of data and keeps workflows portable.