Executing your cloud strategy.

Colocation eliminates the turbulence with cloud.

Many organisations, maybe most, are heavily engaged in executing a cloud strategy. There are many benefits with the cloud. From my experience, the main reasons to go with the cloud are to cut costs, flexibility, to get hold of new features and capabilities, or  putting the data closer to end users. Choosing the right cloud service provider, or providers in a multi-cloud environment, require some evaluation. But there is one area that is sometimes overseen when heading to the cloud. You become even more dependent on connectivity and the performance of your network bandwidth with a large portion of cloud workloads.

Cloud demands connectivity
Using Internet to connect to your cloud service provider can put a strain on network resources. While an internet-based cloud access is good enough for some, others find that access via public internet doesn’t fulfil the security, scalability and compliance requirements. In this case, a direct connection to your clouds will make a huge difference.

At DigiPlex you will find an ecosystem of interesting cloud service providers and other partners to which you can connect with a simple direct connection. Both Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and Amazon Web Services’ AWS Direct Connect have chosen to establish PoPs at our data centres. Through our partners, e.g. MegaPort, we also offer direct, secure and on-demand access to their global ecosystems of service providers, including leading cloud service providers such as Google Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud.

Through our Nordic Connect platform that connects our data centres in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm, you can access cloud service providers through a direct connection from any of our colocation sites – as securely and almost as fast as if they occupied neighbouring racks in the same facility. The platform also offers access to numerous other partners, carriers and internet exchanges expanding the reach to networks and fabrics across the globe.

What you are leaving behind
It is also worth mentioning, when moving resources to the cloud, you might be left with data or applications (many times sensitive) that can’t be migrated. It is also possible that you end up with excess data centre resources, infrastructure and systems in an oversized data centre environment that still need to be managed in an appropriate way. In this case colocation is a perfect solution, as it provides you with a top-quality data centre for your remaining data loads – secure, adapted to your required size and needs, and where you only have to care and provide for your own servers.

Returning from the cloud

Public cloud platforms are often presented as a less expensive option than private clouds or bare metal servers in a cloud environment, but that is not always true. There is a strong trend for bringing workloads back from a cloud environment, partly driven by higher than expected, or unforeseen, costs.

The cloud can save costs for workloads that require rapid scaling or that have unpredictable resource demands, but for more predictable workloads, using a colocation provider for your hardware will often be less expensive while providing greater control, reliability and performance. Many organisations will benefit from a combination – cloud for the data and applications that fits best there, and colocation for the loads that don’t. By choosing the right colocation site you can get a seamless integration of the two – with direct cloud connection – in a secure and energy efficient facility.This is the case for 80% of respondents in a recent IDC survey, who specified that on average, organisations expect to move 50% of their public cloud applications to hosted private or on-premise locations over the next two years.

Read more about our connectivity and check out the overall benefits of colocation.

Article by Rickard Hilmersson – Head of Nordic Sales.

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