One of the main themes to emerge from the rise of the Digital Age is the expectation of an exceptional customer experience.
Today, both business consumers and end users demand a fast, reliable and flawless journey whether they’re consuming streaming content, using their daily productivity apps, or simply trying to change the course of human history with transformative technologies like Artificial Intelligence.
Companies of all shapes and sizes are rushing to capitalize on new opportunities created by the market’s evolving demands. Specifically, they’re turning to the litany of public cloud service providers and launching their own private clouds to gain the speed, power and capacity they need to grow.
But in the rush to extend their business’s reach, many organizations are abbreviating their strategic network planning in favor of a “deploy-now-figure-it-out-later” approach. Predictably — despite any initial benefits — IT teams end up frequently struggling to gain full visibility into and control over workloads to ensure applications operate at peak efficiency and performance.
The average enterprise employs approximately five clouds, relying on dedicated internal cloud teams to manage and optimize them all. But the impending clash between increased cloud investments and available cloud talent will bring many companies to an unenviable crossroads sooner and more severely than they’d expected.
Enterprises have planned to spend as much as 24 percent more on public cloud this year versus last. At the same time, new research from IDC shows that 30% of high-demand roles for emerging technologies will remain unfilled through 2022 and on any given day, job portal Dice.com lists over 14,000 available jobs with “cloud” in the title.
The growing chasm between demand for cloud talent and what’s available on the market has the potential for creating a nightmare scenario for digital businesses.
Not only will they have to compete with other businesses for scarce professional cloud talent (dramatically increasing the cost of acquiring that talent), but without a robust pipeline of cloud professionals to add to their rosters companies will suffer from a lack of IT experience in modern infrastructure — especially related to building sufficient WAN architectures and effectively monitoring and remediating issues across distributed platforms.
The bottom-line results can be crippling. Already, businesses across the board are collectively experiencing cloud waste to the tune of more than $8.8 billion dollars per year due to idle, orphaned, or over-provisioned resources.
And the potential harm of poor network planning can be even more devastating, as a lack of a cohesive multi-cloud management strategy and of resources to develop one means organizations can expect increased network latency, network congestion, and a marked decrease in application performance or availability. That’s not ideal at a time when endusers are increasingly intolerant of latency or availability issues and nearly30% say they’ll permanently abandon a site that’s too slow or unresponsive.
CoreSite prides itself on anticipating the needs of its customers and the inevitable shifts in the digital landscape. That’s why the CoreSite Interconnect GatewaySM (CIG) solution is such an exciting and important development.
CIG was created as an “easy button” for complex multi-cloud network strategies. Developed with optimal performance and cost efficiency in mind, CIG creates secure, high-bandwidth connections to leading public clouds, network service providers, data centers and corporate offices.
With direct connectivity to and from on-premises servers to CoreSite’s carrier-dense edge locations, organizations can rapidly improve application performance and reduce network costs as traffic is efficiently routed between vendors through router, firewall and WAN acceleration services on the platform. The optimized networks — working around deficiencies in the broader WAN architecture that result in an improved, modern design and reduced WAN costs — dramatically reduces latency by an average of 40%* and delivers a consistent end-user experience.
Importantly, CIG is also a fully-managed solution that includes 24x7x365 management and monitoring provided by a trusted CoreSite solution partner. Outsourcing IT workloads to a vast network of CoreSite-approved solution partners allows any organization to leverage managed service providers’ experienced leadership in consulting, managed IT and cloud services to recognize immediate boosts in cost control, efficiency, compliance, security and risk management— all within a single, cohesive ecosystem.
Managing enterprise IT architecture has never been more complicated or difficult. But with new, budget-friendly and customer-centric solutions like the CoreSite Interconnect GatewaySM, optimized networks and an exceptional, differentiated experience for customers is just a call away.
Visit coresite.com/cig to learn more about CoreSite Interconnect GatewaySM or call +1866.777.CORE to connect with a CoreSite solution specialist today.
*For example figures, sample invoices and charts on cost savings, download this eBook.
Senior Director of Solution Architecture & Product Development
Brian is the Senior Director of Solution Architecture & Product Development at CoreSite and has over 20 years of engineering and corporate IT experience.Read more from this author