Cloud computing has unleashed a whole host of innovation, on-demand usage and collaboration options that companies are looking to take advantage of. However, ‘cloud’ is not a one-click panacea.
It is an exciting moment when our enterprise customers discover that with a single interconnection solution, Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), they can advance both goals at once. With one move, they can optimize their network for distributed IT infrastructure and accelerate their hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments, with minimal complexity and cost.
Cloud has gone mainstream. No longer a tactical solution in the experimentation phase, cloud is a core business enabler, providing improved agility and speed to market, faster innovation, scalability, enhanced productivity and cost optimization.
Two of the most powerful technology advancements in the past decade are mobile and cloud computing. Mobile puts more processing and communications capability in your hand than many organizations had in their entire data centers twenty years ago. The cloud efficiently and economically places services, applications and data in widely-distributed—and often remote—locations to meet the needs of market expansion, data sovereignty, new services delivery and optimized processing. Together, mobile and cloud have enabled more of the world to reap the benefits of an increasingly digital economy.
The second annual Global Interconnection Index (the GXI), a market study published by Equinix, projects Interconnection Bandwidth will grow at a 98% CAGR between 2017 and 2021.[ii] One of the key factors driving this bandwidth increase is the rise of multicloud and hybrid cloud infrastructures, which spur a greater demand for private interconnection between businesses and the Cloud and IT Provider ecosystem.
To remedy this embarrassment and bring a greater degree of security, the payment card industry as well as real-time payment platforms are moving to tokenization—a process by which a surrogate value in the form of a series of randomly-generated numbers, known as a “token,” replaces the primary account number.
Individually connecting multiple clouds over traditional wide area networking (WAN) infrastructures is operationally complex and costly, resulting in unreliable cross-cloud application interaction and performance, as well as poor scalability, visibility and control. Also, managing increasing data volumes from the cloud can’t be solved by public internet offloading, since doing so increases latency and risk.
Organizations are increasingly migrating applications and workloads to public clouds to achieve greater exibility and improved economic efficiency. As they do so, they need to ensure that they are still able to deliver required levels of performance, availability, security and compliance. Together Equinix and F5 enable you to move your apps to the cloud with con dence in the most secure manner possible.
When we talk to companies around the world, a common topic of discussion is the transformational nature of cloud technologies. In a very short time, the cloud has disrupted every aspect of how IT infrastructure, resources and software are deployed and managed. While there’s near-universal agreement on the economic benefits of this, it’s not all good news: In these discussions, the conversation invariably turns toward the growing challenges of cloud security management - in particular, the management of the encryption keys that are fundamental to cloud security.
The cloud strategy you adopt—private, hybrid, public or multicloud—is a key factor in the decision as to which encryption key management strategy will work best for your enterprise. For best results, your key strategy should fit your long-term cloud strategy and should be applied consistently across your enterprise.