Accelerate Your Datacenter Transformation with Colocation and a Secure Cloud On-Ramp to Public Cloud Providers

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According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud computing will increase from $67B in 2015 to $162B in 2020 attaining a 19 percent CAGR.1

Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18 percent in 2017 to $246.8B, up from $209.2B in 2016.2

Other experts suggest that we are just five years away from living in an all-cloud world.3

What does this mean for today’s enterprises with an unformed cloud datacenter strategy? According to Gartner: “The introduction of potentially low-cost cloud services, coupled with ever-tighter controls on capital spending within IT organizations, and the ever-increasing demands by business units for new services have driven IT leaders to rethink both short-term and long-term strategies. The question is no longer, ’Should we use cloud services to support the business?’ but ‘How and when can we use cloud services to empower the business?’ By focusing on applications, workloads, risk and the short- and long-term needs of the business, a flexible data center strategy can emerge.”4

They go on to suggest that workload location is dependent more on latency and workflow than on physical location, making colocation or cloud service providers a viable part of a data center strategy: “Implementing a platform as a service (PaaS) might have been considered higher risk in the past, but if that PaaS provider also resides at your colocation provider’s site, then contracting for a cross-connect to that PaaS provider from your suite can save significant network costs while providing a simple vehicle to begin implementing more cloud-based services over time.”

If you’re challenged to successfully get cloud datacenter projects off the ground and realize its benefits, it might be time to re-evaluate your data center—and cloud—strategy.

A best-in-class colocation provider, IO offers numerous benefits—lower costs, better reliability and availability, greater physical security, energy efficiency, and the flexibility to scale up and out as needed to meet workload demands.

But IO also offers an increasingly important benefit for enterprise data center strategies: direct access to public cloud services via its cloud on-ramp. Through IO’s cloud on-ramp, you can bypass the public Internet—and the security and bandwidth issues that come with it—and securely and directly connect to public cloud services, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, and others.

This direct cloud access delivers:

  • Reduced costs – Free cross connects and carrier neutrality help to lower network costs—making it more cost effective to bypass the Internet and connect directly to a public cloud environment.
  • Reliable performance – Choose the data that will bypass the Internet and go directly to the public cloud to optimize your network experience.
  • Hardened security – Bypass the Internet—and the security concerns associated with running workloads over the public Internet.
  • Scalable control – Be in charge by scaling bandwidth up and down to meet user and application demands.

IO’s carrier neutral colocation data centers provide access to more than 2.5 billion global users within 50ms with free cross connects for secure direct access to hundreds of networks in Meet Me rooms.

Bypassing the public Internet eliminates security concerns and allows you to access and deliver critical IT on-premises and cloud services via the IO Service Provider Network (IO.SPN). Using a high availability pair of physical cross connects, IO.SPN can provide logical access as an extension of your private network space for communication between any two racks/modules within any of IO’s data centers, as well as communication between your racks/modules and public cloud services via third-party partnerships.

Through this direct access to public cloud services, the IO.SPN truly enables the seamless integration of your data center services into a single, global network.

To see how IO’s colocation and cloud on-ramp can be part of a multi cloud datacenter strategy, contact us today for a tour.


1“The Salesforce Economy: Enabling 1.9 Million New Jobs and $389 Billion in New Revenue Over the Next Five Years,” IDC, #US41691316, 09/2016.
2“Roundup Of Cloud Computing Forecasts, 2017,” Forbes.com, 04/29/2017.
3“How Long Until We Live In An All-Cloud World?” Forbes.com, 10/14/2016.
4“The Future of the Data Center in the Cloud Era,” Gartner ID G00276114, 9/22/2016.