Private Direct Connects: Fast Lane to Cloud

Private Direct Connects: Fast Lane to Cloud

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Using cloud services for business once meant traffic jams as critical packets competed with Netflix movies and cat videos. No longer. Private Ethernet connections from AWS, Microsoft Azure and others let you build an “express lane” and put customer traffic in hyperdrive.

  • Cloud private networks can both bypass normal internet traffic and shorten the path between end users and the CSP.
  • Carrier MPLS, business Ethernet or other alternatives can circumvent the public internet when accessing the cloud.
  • The key advantages of private cloud connections are performance, predictability and security.

About the Author
Kurt Marko is an IT industry analyst, consultant and regular contributor to a number of technology publications, pursuing his passion for communications after a varied career that has spanned virtually the entire high-tech food chain from chips to systems. Upon graduating from Stanford University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering, Marko spent several years as a semiconductor device physicist, doing process design, modeling and testing. He then joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a memory chip designer and CAD and simulation developer. Moving to Hewlett-Packard, he started in the laser printer R&D lab doing electrophotography development, for which he earned a patent, but his love of computers eventually led him to join HP’s nascent technical IT group. Marko spent 15 years as an IT engineer and was a lead architect for several enterprise-wide infrastructure projects at HP, including the Windows domain infrastructure, remote access service, Exchange email infrastructure and managed web services.


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