By Chris Sharp
Recently, Oracle officially entered the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market, joining companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, HP and Dell, which have been offering IaaS services from the Cloud for some time.
Though many have pointed out that Oracle is jumping into IaaS late in the game, it’s certainly better late than never-especially when such a move translates into good news for all those involved. For the cloud ecosystem, new entrants fuel positive growth and generate healthy competition. Meanwhile, customers looking to consume cloud services get the advantage of having additional choice when selecting their vendors.
Of course, these benefits are only reaped when cloud delivery is done right. Oracle and other companies delivering IaaS need to look not only at how their services are architected, including the components leveraged in delivery (e.g. big iron versus non-differentiated commodity hardware), but also at where their cloud touches down to earth. Customers’ experiences are going to be delivered within the Cloud-and more importantly, by every piece of infrastructure delivering a company’s end-to-end access to the Cloud. Get one part of the equation wrong, and you’ve got one unhappy customer.
Hybrid cloud solutions-that is, a combination of both private and public cloud computing-share the same predicament when it comes to where they touch down to earth and connect. So for Oracle, which plans to offer customers both public and private cloud solutions, a critical decision must be made in terms of how these two environments will connect with one another.
Data center direct connects present an attractive option. By having a direct connection between enterprises, private clouds and public clouds, companies such as Oracle can ensure high quality, low latency, and security in their cloud offerings. Hybrid solutions that span multiple public clouds also benefit from direct connects, enabling enterprises to effectively leverage multiple providers via robust interconnections between various cloud vendors. Thus, the interconnection-and the network that supports it-plays a key role in delivering cloud success.
At Equinix, we offer customers a broad choice of network connectivity options, allowing customers to directly connect to a thriving ecosystem of business partners, networks, carriers and customers. With various cloud providers to pick and choose from, we understand the importance of interconnections and make it a priority to continue to facilitate more direct connects and partnerships around the globe. In the end, the location where a cloud touches down to earth will be just as critical as the actual cloud itself.