Once you expand into a hybrid cloud environment, connectivity becomes even more critical. And finding that perfect connectivity solution can help you reduce latency and performance issues while providing a more consistent network experience.
That extra effort will be well worth it, as the right solution could also be more cost-effective — especially for businesses that are transferring large amounts of data between networks (compared to the public Internet, for example). Of course, your connectivity options will depend on traffic volumes and patterns, which could be different from site to site within a single network, so it’s good to explore what’s out there.
Your line-up of connectivity solutions
Many companies rely on SLA-based MPLS networks to provide dedicated connectivity. This offers you more predictable performance (a must for digital-first businesses) and higher security than using the Internet alone.
Another option is hybrid WAN, which allows you to use both private MPLS and Internet circuits. It also lays the foundation for SD-WAN (software-defined wide-area networking) — a hot topic in IT and tech circles. SD-WAN applies software-defined networking to WAN connections, including 4G, LTE and MPLS which can extend your WAN to cloud data centers, while also reducing complexity through a single management console and policy-based management.
All of the major cloud platforms draw attention to the value of connectivity. With Microsoft’s recent releases, it’s possible to connect SD-WANs to Microsoft cloud networking services, allowing you to simplify large-scale branch connectivity. Amazon’s AWS Direct Connect allows you to establish a private connection between the cloud and your data center or colocation environment. And Google’s Dedicated Interconnect provides direct physical connections between your on-premises network and Google’s network.
Managing your cloud journey
If this is starting to sound complex, a managed cloud services partner can step in to alleviate the pressure.
Your partner can take on the responsibilities of managing the infrastructure, while also helping with architectural design and deployment services if needed. Plus, they can recommend which service is best for connecting you directly with public partner clouds based on your unique needs.
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