Enterprises increasingly turn to hybrid IT strategies as they pursue digital transformation (DX). Hybrid IT environments can include a mix of private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud, colocation, multicloud and on-premises elements. Private cloud and public cloud are close in terms of enterprise adoption (70% and 68%, respectively).¹
In 2022, the global public cloud services market is expected to grow by approximately 22%. Grand View Research reported that of the three cloud computing segments – IaaS, PaaS and SaaS – SaaS accountedfor more than 54% of services-driven revenue in 2021.
Here, let’s focus on the top public cloud service providers, which were growing rapidly even before hybrid IT became a well-known term. This overview of AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud provides highlights of their services to date.
You’ll also learn about the benefits of direct cloud connection – a private, highly secure and low-latency interconnection enabled through a cross connect in a data center. You’ll sometimes see direct cloud connect referred to as “native cloud onramp” when you continue to explore its purpose in hybrid IT.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers 200+ products and cloud services in categories such as compute, storage, database, analytics, machine learning and security. More than 15 industry-specific solutions exist for sectors such as advertising and marketing, financial services, media and entertainment, energy, automotive and education. Additionally, you can sort solutions by use case, industry and organization type. Some of the highlights are:
The Azure cloud platform consists of 200+ products and services that allow you to build, run and manage applications in multiple clouds. You can explore solutions by use case, industry and organization type. Azure boasts industry-specific solutions for healthcare, financial services, government, retail and manufacturing. Reference architectures, customer enablement tools and the Azure Marketplace catalog of certified apps and services can streamline implementation. Highlights are:
Google Cloud touts its commitment to open source, multicloud and hybrid cloud, which allows customers to run applications on any cloud and in any environment. The platform offers more than 100 products. Industry-specific solutions include public sector, telco, media, entertainment, gaming, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and financial services. Google Cloud promotes its net carbon neutrality and defense-in-depth multilayer security. A few of the highlights are:
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) offers more than 80 services spanning IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. You can explore OCI with a 30-day free trial and review the always-free services, which are organized into categories of infrastructure, databases, observability and management, and additional services. OCI solutions are presented in an overview, by scenario and by industry.
While connection to public cloud providers via the internet is a familiar path, it isn’t the best path when you consider performance degradation caused by spikes in usage, outages and security vulnerabilities – and due to the fact that the internet actually is comprised of many interconnected networks that aren’t operating at the same level.
The alternative? Bypass the internet. Connect to your cloud providers with private, secure, high-performance, direct-connect onramps:
At CoreSite, the Open Cloud Exchange® (OCX) is the connectivity starting point, whether you’re connecting within the colocation facility or using inter-site or inter-market connectivity. The OCX platform allows you to automate service provisioning, improve operations and increase business opportunities:
According to a recent study, 99% of respondents are using at least one public or private cloud, and 43% of enterprises combine multiple public and private clouds.³ Enterprises often use more than one public cloud provider to meet requirements for different applications and workloads.
After you make cloud provider decisions, evaluate your connectivity choices. Direct, private cloud connections offer substantial benefits, and the right colocation provider enables you to move data among cloud providers. And consider the value of access to a digital ecosystem whose members offer data protection platforms, data storage, carrier services, staffing services, telephone/VOIP services, sales enablement, managed IT services and much more.
Digital transformation takes a village. Explore the CoreSite Marketplace to find potential partners that can ease your business into new markets and introduce new efficiencies.
And, learn a lot more by getting your copy of 5 Reasons to Directly Connect Your Hybrid Cloud Solution e-book.
*Cut data replication costs by as much as 70% using direct interconnection and eliminate data egress costs when restoring data from certain local cloud availability zones. Cost savings are based on CoreSite cost comparisons using publicly available and private information and/or CoreSite customer reported costs savings and may not be indicative of the costs savings that may be experienced by every customer that switches to the applicable CoreSite service.
¹ Statista, Market Growth Forecast for Public Cloud Services Worldwide from 2011 to 2022.
² Grand View Research, Cloud Computing Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report…2022-2030. https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/cloud-computing-industry
³ Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report.
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