Partners, don’t forget network performance when setting your customers up with cloud.
This one-stop slide show offers up a road map for creating a fast cloud connection via a wide-area network. Click here for access to our in-depth report on the topic.
**Source material by Kurt Marko**
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Just about everyone’s jumping on the cloud bandwagon thanks to its reasonable cost and pay-as-you-go billing, solid security and application options. What’s sometimes missing is network performance. That’s changing in part thanks to the proliferation of data centers, expansion of broadband and wireless networks, and fiber that can carry massive amounts of data.
Network bottlenecks often occur because the public cloud introduces many network hops that add latency and may throttle throughput. That delay can cause the performance of enterprise apps to degrade to the point where productivity suffers. Despite that fact, it’s not uncommon for solution providers and their customers to shift their focus away from application performance when setting up a cloud-optimized wide-area network.
Partners structuring a cloud-optimized WAN should first reduce the network distance between the cloud service and other systems and users. The easiest way to do this is by using a cloud-connect circuit between a local point of presence and the cloud service provider.
The solution provider also should make sure to retain end-to-end control of the network connection by:
A hybrid architecture is appealing to businesses that move a lot of data. Direct connections between infrastructure and cloud services are important for bridging the gap between data centers that are on and off premises. Will it be more expensive? Sure, but the boost in performance, security and network management that results is probably worth the price. For a customer not yet running workloads on cloud infrastructure, a network-as-a-service offering running over the public Internet is a good alternative for improved performance.