Get ready for the cloud’s data deluge

Today, we really are living in the Information Age. Global data is doubling every two years. In fact, the amount of information created since 2013 far outweighs everything else produced in the entire history of mankind up to that point.

As emerging trends like the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence take hold, your business may already feel inundated by data - but we haven’t seen anything yet. We can expect a ten-fold increase in today’s numbers by 2025, when there will be 75.4 billion connected things and 163 trillion gigabytes running across global networks.

Effectively harnessing the power of this data deluge couldn’t be more important for business success: already, big data-driven enterprises are up to 26% more profitable. However, on-premise IT is proving too limited and inflexible to cope with today’s information overload. As a result, organisations are turning to the cloud. By next year, some two-thirds (60%) of all workloads will be running on public or private cloud platforms.

In this cloud-first world, the right connectivity is crucial. Huge volumes of information must move seamlessly between multiple clouds and on-premise IT for businesses to capitalise on data-led innovation, build exceptional services and enhance workforce productivity. Already, most organisations (67%) are embracing cloud transformation and migrating to hybrid strategies that combine the security and performance of private infrastructure with the public cloud’s agility, cost-savings and economies of scale.

While hybrid cloud means organisations can benefit from a blend of services, delivery and deployment options better tailored to their needs, this IT transformation also leaves the question of how to best connect on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure. 90% of European organisations see this connectivity challenge as the biggest barrier to hybrid cloud adoption today.

To accelerate business success - and meet increasingly stringent performance, reliability and security demands - organisations need to take their on-premise infrastructure to where the cloud lives. Colocation holds the key, allowing businesses to abandon on-premise data centre strategies and place their IT infrastructure in the same facility as the private connection points to hyperscale cloud platforms. As a result, colocation enables organisations to capture all the benefits of the cloud and ease the strain on in-house networks, while still retaining full control over their data.

By colocating into a facility that brings instant access to a multi-cloud environment, organisations can reduce infrastructure costs, nimbly select the right cloud for the right workload, increase availability and reduce latency. Colocated hybrid cloud also leaves organisations well-placed to embrace a fully-optimised, mixed IT setup, that combines on-premise, colocated, and cloud-based resources. This creates a fertile ground of shared business processes that can yield invaluable intelligence and spawn entirely new business models.

Interxion is already seeing increasing uptake of its Cloud Connect service at our London Data Centre Campus. Our facility houses private access points to the most popular cloud platforms, including AWS and Azure. We allow customers 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. A £30 million expansion is also underway that will add 1,800m2 more data centre space to our London Data Centre Campus – allowing even more businesses to meet the demands of the continuing data deluge.

Plan now for your future data needs and ‘dig your well before you’re thirsty’. Find out how Interxion’s expanding London Data Centre Campus can help your business transform and harness the power of the cloud in the era of big data