PT conducted three different Amazon Web Services™ (AWS EC2) interconnection scenarios at the Principled Technologies data center and an Equinix Solution Validation Center™ (SVC) to see if there was a significant difference in data transfer performance when using the public internet versus private interconnection between businesses and cloud partners. The results were pretty amazing.
On the state level, cloud adoption is lagging. A full one-third of state government IT systems are at least 16 years old, according to the Center for Digital Government. Meanwhile, federal agencies are running out of time to incorporate the public clouds into their IT strategy.
Private storage and hybrid cloud platforms enable direct and secure interconnection to public clouds, while ensuring the local security and auditability of PIP data. This allows for adherence to in-country privacy legislation, as well as consistent and reliable throughput performance and user QoE at scale.
When one of Datalink’s leading clients asked that we help them re-architect and move their IT disaster recovery (DR) site to a more resilient and state-of-the-art data center facility, we jumped at the chance to make it happen. Our client is a nonprofit medical association that supports more than 125,000 members with timely news, information and resources. Their current DR infrastructure was located too close to their primary data center (within 20 miles) and lacked the up-to-date IT equipment and capacity needed to handle a full failure caused by either system or environmental hazards.
We wanted to establish a high-performance NPS-as-a-Service infrastructure solution in the U.S., with the same fast and secure access to NetApp and our cloud partners from which our Australia customer base benefits. At the same time, we wanted to reduce the high cost of storage for ourselves and our customers and increase their QoE.
Microsoft is developing a well-rounded approach to giving its customers the intelligence they require to best manage and control Microsoft Azure and Office365 hybrid cloud platforms.
Until the cloud, the housing of infrastructure in a secondary data center for replication or backup could be cost-prohibitive for small- or medium-sized organizations. The cloud provides a secondary DR location and infrastructure with little or no up front investment and an affordable pay-as-you-go scenario. Operational costs and resources are slashed and the cloud DR provider often takes over much of disaster recovery management and maintenance.
Storage in the hybrid cloud is fast becoming a primary tool for the enterprise. The global cloud storage market is expected to grow from $18.87 billion today to $65.41 billion by 2020, spurred by the increasing amount of unstructured data being created in enterprises. These huge data volumes are one reason that Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS), originally conceived as a way to inexpensively enable enterprises to lease storage infrastructure space for secondary storage (i.e., backup) purposes, has branched out to support more primary storage solutions, as well as disaster recovery, data gateways, and data movement and access.
Together, Equinix and Nimbo are reducing the complexity and risk of cloud enablement with two new solutions that streamline Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud deployments within Equinix data centers. The AWS Direct Connect Converged Infrastructure bundles and Equinix Cloud Exchange enablement solutions will be available in all Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers that offer AWS Direct Connect or Equinix Cloud Exchange, providing peak performance for customers moving to AWS.
Equinix Cloud Exchange to offer worldwide availability of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365
Enterprises can get direct connectivity to Office 365 that provides a combination of more predictable network performance, flexibility and improved reliability, as well as enhanced data privacy since ExpressRoute enables most Office 365 network traffic to avoid the public Internet.