Hybrid Cloud Data Centers: The Logical Onramp to the Cloud

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Hybrid clouds—the strategy of using private, on-premises IT and public cloud services—have become the preferred cloud strategy for enterprise IT, according to the RightScale State of the Cloud 2017 report—and it shows no signs of slowing. The hybrid cloud market is projected to reach $91.85 billion in 2021 at a CAGR of 22.7 percent for the period 2016-2021—much faster growth than the IT market overall.1

It’s easy to see why. Hybrid clouds offer enormous benefits for today’s organizations. Business-critical applications that require low latency, more stringent security, and greater management control can run in a private cloud, while the public cloud allows you to easily burst capacity and and access SaaS applications that would be otherwise difficult to build on premises. In other words, the hybrid cloud lets you put your applications where they run best, giving you exceptional agility and flexibility. And moving less critical workloads to a public cloud reduces your CAPEX spend and moves you to a flexible OPEX model that can reduce your overall costs.

A hybrid cloud is all about maintaining connectivity between the public and private cloud networks and ensuring data transfer. But the problem is…Internet bandwidth and the potential bottlenecks that can hamper application performance.

To realize true business value in a hybrid cloud implementation, it must be highly secure and controlled, provide a predictable, yet flexible environment, and deliver superior application performance between the on-premises and public cloud environments.

IO colocation offers this rock-solid foundation because it eases data storage and management, and paves the way for a hybrid cloud. According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Data Center Colocation market is expected to reach $76.37 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 17.0% from 2016 to 2022.2

With IO colocation services, enterprises enjoy complete control over their infrastructure in a highly secure and predictable environment and get the agility needed to deliver consistent and superior application performance between the private and public cloud environments.

What’s more, through the IO’s cloud onramp, clients can directly connect to the public cloud provider they choose—AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, and others—by bypassing the Internet altogether. The result is fast, low latency, reliable, secure and cost-effective connectivity that allows you to agilely scale bandwidth as needed to support your workloads.

IO can also deliver interconnectivity between tenants, so you can take advantage of partnerships and enjoy secure, direct access to SaaS applications that might not be feasible through your private cloud infrastructure. This is much more cost-effective than building out these connections within the context of a private, on-premises cloud.

IO provides these cloud onramp services through its carriers which bypass the Internet via a high availability pair of physical cross connects. By leveraging the IO Cloud Onramp, you can quickly and securely extend private network connections to cloud providers, SaaS services and other enterprises. With this capability, you can:

  • Communicate between any two racks/modules within any of IO’s data centers.
  • Communicate between your racks/modules and public cloud services—AWS, Azure, Google, and others.

The solution provides:

  • Localized, high-speed, low-latency cloud interconnects between public cloud services (10 milliseconds or less) for superior application performance and user experience.
  • Fast, highly secure interconnects between public cloud compute resources and private storage, with tighter control of on-premises storage.
  • Reliable performance between all components, including public cloud resources.

With the right approach to hybrid cloud—and the right colocation partner in IO—you can derive real business value that allows you to better manage your workload on an application-by-application basis and realize greater efficiencies.

To get the flexibility, reliability and cost savings from a robust datacenter strategy using IO colocation and a cloud onramp, contact us today.


1“Global Hybrid Cloud Market – By Type (Software, Hardware, Services), Models (Iaas, PaaS, SaaS), Industry, Geography, Trends, Forecast – (2017 – 2022),” MordorIntelligence.com, 05/2017.
2“Data Center Colocation Market Size, Share, Report, Analysis, Trends & Forecast to 2022,” Reuters.com, 06/19/2017.

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