It is estimated that, by 2018, more than 60 percent of organizations will have moved their infrastructure onto cloud platforms. As more enterprises migrate to the cloud, the demands for performance and dependability will rise. The network is one of the key components affecting user experience for cloud users. The throughput of a cloud network will determine how much time it takes a user to transmit data between their servers, while the latency will determine how much delay the user will experience in communicating between their servers.
Companies must decide which providers to trust with their applications. Choosing the right cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider is growing increasingly difficult in a highly competitive market. In its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, Gartner analysts talk about top IaaS players including:
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the market leader, is always a good choice for applications that run well in a virtualized environment. Global Capacity enables AWS customers to bypass the public Internet and procure secure, private line connectivity.
Microsoft's Azure Infrastructure Services holds second place in market share and is a good choice for general business applications and Microsoft-centric development environments.
Google Cloud Platform's services include Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Storage, and Google BigQuery to create anything from websites to complex applications. Global Capacity is working together with Google to define new and better ways for its customers to connect to Google’s Cloud Platform services.
IBM acquired SoftLayer, focused on small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in 2013.
Not sure which direction to go? Need more than one cloud network solution? Equinix Cloud Exchange is an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand, direct access to multiple clouds. Connect to many participants over a single physical port, enabling dynamic bandwidth allocation among various parties. Equinix Cloud Exchange offers the broadest choice of cloud services—including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, SoftLayer, and others—in the data center services industry. One Marketplace's direct Ethernet interconnection to Equinix Cloud Exchange can be used to access multiple cloud services.
All of these platforms depend on networks to ensure performance, reliability, dynamic scalability and security—all of which the public Internet cannot guarantee. By leveraging private Ethernet services, businesses can bypass the public Internet, securely connecting their headquarters, data centers and remote locations to the cloud, enabling them to build the hybrid cloud solutions they need for business-critical operations.
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