The question is no longer, “Are you considering a hybrid cloud strategy?” but rather, “Is your current hybrid cloud environment optimized?” According to a recent Rightscale report, 81% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy. In addition, enterprises on average run 41% of their workloads in the public cloud and 38% of their workloads in a private cloud. This cloud transformation has put enormous strain on IT departments to manage costs and optimize performance all while ensuring the data of their organizations remain secure. Or in other words – optimizing is the name of the game right now.
While every environment has its unique challenges, there are a few standard considerations for IT professionals when choosing a data center partner. But, more importantly in our current times, the question becomes - who will enable them to optimize their current hybrid cloud environment while providing them the flexibility to adapt to constantly evolving IT environment?
With cloud users running applications in an average of 1.8 clouds, it is becoming increasingly important for a data center partner to provide direct connectivity to multiple clouds. Why direct connectivity? Direct connectivity is the best way to ensure secure, reliable, low latency connectivity at the lowest price.
Public Cloud providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google, select certain markets and typically one or two providers in each market to extend their public cloud via a “node” in a data center. This node provides a direct connection for customers in that data center straight into the public cloud, often at significantly reduced (sometimes 3X each way) ingress and egress rates for sending and receiving data than customers could obtain by connecting to these public cloud providers via the internet or directly themselves.
In addition, since it is a direct connection, there are no “hops” along the way, making the connection secure and the lowest latency available from that market via a simple cross connect within the data center.
Whether you are trying to connect one or multiple locations to your data center provider it is important to have the flexibility to choose from a number of different network providers. Network and communication environments are transforming nearly as rapidly as the cloud environment. This coupled with ongoing industry consolidation and price compression require enterprises to make complex and strategic business decisions.
Finally, it is important to find a data center who can provide a private cloud and managed cloud solution. With over 70% of enterprises running private clouds, and IT professionals continuously optimizing workloads between public and private clouds it is important to have a provider that allows them to optimize performance of those applications while providing the flexibility to expand.
Effective in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the launch of CoreSite’s ‘Solution Partner Program’, enterprise customers can now have their entire hybrid cloud environment supported within a CoreSite data center.
Enterprises can now:
- have world-class data center space with 100% uptime SLA
- directly connect to leading public cloud providers such as AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Alibaba Cloud
- access numerous network providers
- leverage CoreSite's solution partners to deploy private and managed cloud within the data center
For more information on the CoreSite Solution Partner Program, contact your CoreSite channel manager.
2018 cloud computing trends from the latest RightScale State of the Cloud Survey