Cloud Services are only as good as the connectivity used. The age of the cloud is upon us whether we like It or not. Chances are you’re using it, have tried it or have at least read about – and if not you soon will. Cloud technologies represent a change in the way we consume and utilise IT systems – gone are the days when a business needs to buy and manage expensive equipment to send emails or record data, or manage accounts or whatever.
Instead cloud systems give you exactly the same services for a fixed monthly subscription – and as part of the deal the cloud provider will have already bought all the kit, they’ll manage it, update patches, host it within secure datacentres, provide full back up and DR strategies, plus they’ll take care of all upgrades so you’ll always have up-to-date systems. Imagine it, you’ll never get another nasty surprise from your IT Manager, cap-in-hand, asking for additional budget to upgrade part of your network, and if you choose the right supplier you’ll get tangible guarantees around service uptime and performance too.
It doesn’t stop there – cloud services are sold on a pay-for-what-you-use utility billing model. If you down size by 50% most cloud service providers will allow you to reduce your subscription too. And the reverse is true too, If you double in size overnight you can scale your IT resources just as quickly without replacing a shed-load of costly equipment.
These are just some of the reasons cloud services make sense to most businesses, there are many more and they are widely touted.
However, the area most often overlooked is connectivity to the cloud platform. Before you make the jump it’s critical to consider the reliability and size of the connection you intend to use to reach the cloud environment.
Your preference should be a connection which directly connects your office with your cloud provider. In doing so you ensure that traffic is routed across the shortest possible path (without crossing the public internet) and traffic management is possible such as QoS and CoS. Connectivity should be robust and dependable, DSL is unlikely to fit the bill on it’s own, instead you should opt for Leased Line type products such as genuine fibre Ethernet circuits which offer good SLA’s and are easily upgraded. If your budget won’t stretch that far then look for services with a failover or back-up to make sure you’re always connected – such as diverse carrier xDSL connectivity, FTTC or EFM with a DSL back up line.
If you want to get the most from a cloud platform you need a reliable connection which connects you directly with your cloud provider without first crossing the public internet.
Backbone Connect provide a range of optimised Cloud connectivity options to datacentres across London (where most UK cloud platforms are hosted) and others around the UK. Services include ADSL, Annex-M, FTTC, EFM, Ethernet Access Circuits, Leased Lines and others all of which can be deployed directly between your offices and your cloud provider’s datacentre. What’s more we offer the option to include internet access across the same line while keeping traffic separate.
Visit www.backboneconnect.co.uk for more information.