Interxion interview Rstor's CIO, Conor Malone and Interxion's UK MD, Andrew Fray on their latest EMEA deployment

Interxion is proud to announce that enterprises can now connect to RStor, the latest Cloud Service provider (CSP) platform to be available directly from their London campus. RStor provides object-based secure cloud storage with easy to use tools for backup, disaster recovery, and archive.

Their flagship product range gives access to all the benefits of cloud storage without vendor lock-in or product complexity, thus proving to be the perfect platform for multi-cloud and hybrid ICT modeling in today’s market.

With more and more organisations migrating to hybrid cloud platforms to harness new features and service capabilities, Forbes predicts that 83% of enterprise workloads will reside in the cloud by the end of 2020. Gartner predicts that by 2023, the public cloud service market is expected to reach a total worth of $623.3 billion globally.

What is more interesting is that Flexera’s 2020 State of the Cloud Report has identified enterprises are ‘betting big’ on hybrid and multi-cloud platforms, proving that it is becoming increasingly important for CXOs to have full control of cloud workloads wherever they reside across multiple Cloud Service Provider (CSP) platforms.

As a result of this upward trend, Interxion London has seen a 40% increase in connectivity requests via Interxion Cloud Connect – its bespoke cloud access service. This cloud connectivity exchange is proving particularly transformative for London based enterprises looking to pivot critical workloads across multiple cloud and off premise storage infrastructure.

We took this opportunity to interview Conor Malone, RStor’s Chief Information Officer, on why Interxion London was the obvious choice for its EMEA build out and Andrew Fray, Interxion’s UK Managing Director, on how Rstor can support hybrid cloud customers in London.

 

Conor Malone:

What deciding factors were considered when developing your EMEA cloud infrastructure deployment?

RStor considers a variety of factors when selecting new locations to add to our growing footprint of POPs that power RStorage.  We want to push data as far to the edge as possible, so we always look to be in the middle of key population and business centers to minimize latency.  We also are looking for high carrier density to maximize our ability to reach customers.  Equally important is looking at our data center partner’s existing ecosystem, we want to be a single cross connect away from as many of our customers as possible.  This includes the ability to easily reach other sites in their ecosystem as well.

Why has RStor established a Cloud PoP with Interxion in London?

A key part of RStor’s storage service is protecting our customers’ data.  We maximize resiliency within each of our POPs and also utilize multiple sites to replicate data via our extremely fast RWave data movement system.  As we explored additions to our portfolio, Interxion’s London campus was very compelling due to its proximity to the city center and the Canary Wharf business district.  We also wanted to join Interxion’s Cloud Connect marketplace, so that we may offer RStorage to customers at any Interxion location.

As an Interxion Cloud Connect customer, what new capabilities does a user now possess with the direct, private access to RStor’s portfolio?

 RStorage provides customers with all of the benefits of cloud storage without vendor lock-in or product complexity. RStor delivers object based secure cloud storage with easy to use tools for backup, disaster recovery, and archive. Customers use RStor for geographically distributed copies of their data combined with cloud native workflows. RStor provides customers with a single control point to manage and govern their cloud assets.

Just as important as the technical advantages are the significant cost advantages as RStor offers a predictable cost model with savings of up to 80% lower than most competitors. The RStorage service reduces service complexity, alleviates capacity planning, regional availability and the installation of upgrades. 

 

Andrew Fray:

Where do you see Rstor’s object storage service meeting customer needs?

Customers often ask me about data storage in our London data centres; my reply in the past was that unless you’re caching data, you can probably store data in cheaper out-of-town locations.  But all that’s changed as companies need to access data quicker and in huge volumes.  We’re not really talking about archive storage any more; we’re talking about accessing big data from public and private clouds to meet urgent organisational requirements. So proximity and latency counts!

Our customers can connect to all the major private cloud operators from our campus and, additionally, we are seeing players establish new ‘as a service’ offerings with us, such as ‘Storage as a Service’, ‘Security as a Service’ and ‘AI as a Service’.  These products are giving our customers levels of flexibility, cost control and scalability, which were unthinkable a few years ago.

Rstor has the capability to offer our customers significant savings against public cloud offerings and to transfer data in and out of their platforms at very high speed and volume. Having the data close at hand with us at Interxion is securing competitive advantage. 

An added convenience is customers can try the service before they buy to experience the Rstor service which is new to the UK.