Global Capacity is excited to be a lead sponsor of Capacity North America 2017, taking place September 6-7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. This year, Capacity North America will bring together the decision makers from the North American carrier community with the network strategists from the cloud service provider, broadcasting, data center and OTT markets for new business generation and critical industry discussion.
When four executives representing critical facets of the connectivity ecosphere convene at a roundtable focused on the challenges presented by today's always-on, digital world, we’re presented with a unique window into how their companies are leveraging interconnection to serve the needs of global enterprises.
On December 8th, 2015 we hosted a webinar designed specifically for Application Service Providers (ASPs) on "Simplifying Cloud Connectivity for Your Clients" in which we discussed the biggest challenges faced by ASPs today when bringing their application services to corporations (or end-user customers) and how to solve for those challenges in today's seemingly complex world of network and Cloud Application connectivity.
Topics: Cloud Connectivity
How businesses use and connect to the cloud is changing. With the accelerated use of private and hybrid cloud applications and computing, network and application service providers alike are seeing a substantial shift in how businesses want to connect to the cloud – particularly mid-tier and large enterprises. The connectivity trend is moving away from the public Internet to private direct connections and networks, including hybrid Wide Area Networks (WANs) using a myriad of technologies that best support the specific cloud-based solutions used at each business location.
The IT organization as we know it is changing, with more businesses fostering a Cloud-first strategy and moving their mission-critical IT assets off premise to third-party data centers and colocation facilities. Research from IDC indicates that more than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016, vastly driving the rate and pace of change in IT organizations. This momentum will continue to mount in 2017, when 60% of the data center-based IT assets that companies rely on to conduct business and deliver services will be in colocation, hosting and cloud data centers according to IDC.
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.
The Carrier Ethernet market is absolutely booming, with adoption soaring among both operators and enterprises. Research from Infonetics, for example, shows that telecom operators plan to spend $150 billion on Carrier Ethernet equipment between 2014 and 2018. Meanwhile, the competitive advantages of CE for business range from lower costs to easier implementation to more flexible bandwidth.
I got the chance to sit down with our very own Director of Product Engineering, Damon Mone, shortly after he returned from this year’s Big Telecom Event (BTE) where he took the stage for the workshop titled, “Carrier Ethernet in the Cloud Age.” Damon shared some of his top takeaways and key messages from the event with me.
Originally posted by Data Center POST
Public, private and hybrid Cloud solutions are an intelligent investment for enterprises and SMBs alike, and many are already relishing in their true potential. According to a survey conducted by CompTIA Inc., more than 90 percent of businesses use Cloud computing at some level. Tech Pro Research also revealed that nearly three out of four (70 percent) of businesses are using or evaluating a hybrid Cloud solution. It’s indisputable that the Cloud is critical for many companies’ critical operations, but securing cost-effective, reliable and secure connectivity to the Cloud still remains a challenge for many.
iMiller Public Relations recently sat down with Global Capacity’s Chief Revenue Officer, Ben Edmond, to discuss how and why cloud and network are necessarily intertwined within today’s marketplace. Here are his thoughts:
iMPR: From your perspective, what is the overall cloud outlook for 2014 and beyond?
BE: The cloud marketplace continues to explode, with deployment growing over 32 percent last year alone. By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services is expected to surpass $180 billion. We’re also seeing a fundamental shift in where business applications are sitting, moving from traditional client server architecture and the four walls of the enterprise to third-party data centers, or the ‘cloud’. Gartner predicts that by 2015, 35 percent of IT spending actually takes place outside of IT; by the end of the decade, this figure is expected to top 90 percent. This is driving unprecedented demand into the network platform as well as into the data center. The customer for cloud solutions has changed from IT to the end-user. With this shift, the network becomes a critical facet in the delivery of the user experience.
In a recent article, by Mike Kavis, on the topic of Rackspace’s Exit from the IaaS Market, it became clear that the race for public cloud workloads is quickly settling into a three horse race between tech giants Amazon, Microsoft and Google. And let’s not forget the likes of IBM who with it’s Softlayer acquisition would now show up on the chart. Companies like Amazon and Google create a huge ecosystem where independent service providers can step in and provide a suite of services within a large marketplace.