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How to Simplify a Hybrid Cloud Deployment

Public cloud adoption is changing the IT landscape

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.

Streamline Hybrid IT in the Data Center

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.

How Colocation Supports Multi-Cloud Solutions

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:

  1. Enhances business performance by eliminating or reducing latency inherent in connecting and integrating multiple clouds and supporting service providers
  2. Reduces cost and complexity by reducing the number of network connections required to support the architecture
  3. Ensures competitive pricing on a wide array of network products connecting the enterprise premises to the network-rich, cloud-enabled data center (private Internet, Ethernet, MPLS-based, etc.)
  4. Enables flexibility in the enterprise architecture by ensuring that changes can be supported on a real-time basis with the order of a cross connect or port on an exchange fabric hosted within the data center

Learn about how CoreSite colocation and interconnection can help you build your hybrid cloud.

Christine Shriver | Director of Marketing
Christine has more than 10 years of experience in the telecom and data center industries.