The evolution of cloud has seen many businesses move from private to public cloud platforms—a trend that Gartner projects will continue. It has become evident that while some workloads and applications require a private, dedicated environment, others operate more efficiently on a public cloud platform with a pay-as-you-go usage model.
In reality, no cloud is a one-size-fits-all solution, and increasingly we see organizations adopt hybrid or multi-cloud infrastructures to support varying requirements for different business units. Whether an IT team is standing up a new private cloud or is modifying existing cloud architecture, there is a wide array of services to which the business must connect, and, ultimately, that the IT team must manage.
This raises the question of where to begin to simplify enterprise IT architecture. Often, the best starting point may be foundational — in the data center. Whether supported by on-premises client-server architecture or private or public clouds, workloads and applications ultimately reside in servers powered, protected and connected by a physical data center environment. Rather than distributing the IT architecture across a growing number of data centers, resulting in an increased number of network connections, attendant cost, performance degradation and complexity, many CoreSite customers find value by locating the enterprise layer of their architecture in the same data center as the cloud providers they employ today, plus those they may need in the future.
A robust colocation solution should provide one or more locations whereby each location supports multi-cloud solutions within the supporting data center. Rather than building out individual network loops to each cloud and supporting service provider, an enterprise can establish direct connections to cloud service providers via a switching fabric or cross connects within the same data center. The resulting solution achieves higher performance at a lower total cost by providing the following key benefits:
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Christine has more than 10 years of experience in the telecom and data center industries.Read more from this author