Why colocation gets you ahead in the cloud

The world has changed. From employees working in new ways, to customers demanding fresh capabilities, digital transformation is now forcing organisations to adapt at an unrelenting pace. This year in Davos, The World Economic Forum labelled this transformation ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ – a maelstrom of technological change that will wash away traditional business models, disrupt corporate dynamics and bring amazing opportunities for growth and value creation.

Hybrid vigour

Today, the cloud has become a focal point for this new industrial revolution. The cloud is making every CIO rethink their approach to IT infrastructure, as industry heavyweights like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services‎ and IBM SoftLayer compete to offer lower costs and superior agility.

However, while transformation certainly lies ahead, most companies can’t rely entirely on the public cloud due the need to safeguard sensitive data, adhere to compliance requirements, or ensure the application performance their customers demand.

As a result, CIOs are increasingly opting for a hybrid approach to IT infrastructure that combines the security and performance of on-premise facilities with the public cloud’s agility and cost-savings. According to IDG, four-in-five organisations plan to adopt such a hybrid setup by the end of 2016.

Meanwhile, cloud providers are also making significant investments to break down barriers to entry. Private connection services, such as Microsoft ExpressRoute and AWS Direct Access, bypass the public internet - enabling organisations to create hybrid IT environments that meet rigorous security and performance requirements.

Gathering clouds

The question for most CIOs now is how to connect their existing infrastructure to these private cloud access services most effectively. Indeed, IDG has found that 90% of European companies cite the links between on-premise and cloud-based workloads as the biggest barrier to hybrid cloud adoption.

To meet stringent network performance, reliability and application security demands, many organisations are choosing to abandon on-premise data centre strategies in favour of colocation data centres. These facilities allow organisations to place their private IT infrastructure next to the access points to the public cloud platforms, thus optimising network performance and agility. This type of IT infrastructure architecture - where companies place private IT in the same data centre as the private connection points to a hyperscale cloud platform - is called colocated hybrid cloud.

The Interconnectivity Challenge

Every colocation data centre enabling organisations to build a colocated hybrid cloud IT architecture needs to provide outstanding connectivity. A service to connect to multiple clouds without complexity and at the lowest possible cost is a necessity.

That’s why Interxion has built its Cloud Connect service. Available now, the service allows organisations to build and manage private VLAN links to multiple clouds through a single, secure connection – all with rapid provisioning, no duplicate charges on data and unbeatable SLAs guaranteeing 99.999% availability.