Next-Gen Networks Demand Increased Access

By not having to pick between public, private, or hybrid clouds, you can pick the infrastructure that offers the most agility.

Colocation offers access to
regional carriers and cloud providers 

Data center facilities are not limited to a single fiber provider within a building. Customers have the option of selecting from a vast ecosystem that includes fiber and network providers, managed solution providers, and cloud on-ramps or cloud providers in-house. All these connections are already live in the building and customers don’t have to wait to build out a point of presence there.

The networking choices available through colocation offer the base layer that companies need to continuously deliver quick, secure, and dependable performance to connect their hybrid workloads and the network performance needed to meet their customers’ expectations. With so many carriers and interconnection partners housed within the data center already, business network solutions are a cross-connect away. Businesses can also save on building separate physical connections to networks and cloud environments by leveraging numerous virtual connections through a single physical port. Many businesses begin leveraging the public cloud over public Internet when first implementing multi-cloud or hybrid environments. When it comes to transporting data for high-priority workloads between various cloud and data center environments, the security, performance, or resilience of the public Internet can create challenges. 

In colocation, enterprises get to choose from a range of cloud on-ramp providers. These providers have direct connections to cloud availability domains that can save on transport costs due to lower per-bit rates and allow for cloud-to-cloud routing, saving bandwidth up and down HQ direct circuits. This eliminates the data hairpin and reduces latency. This all adds up to a better user experience and application performance. The second key driver for deploying a private network versus public Internet include data privacy, data-in-transit security concerns, network coverage and performance issues, and  particularly low-latency performance concerns.  Further benefits include:

Improving network agility 

When you build a network in colocation, you also have access to several best-of-breed solutions that allow you to build the network infrastructure in a way that makes the most sense for the business needs in question. By not having to pick between public, private, or hybrid clouds, you can pick the infrastructure that offers the most agility. Additionally, because businesses don’t have to make those trade-offs, you’ll also reap benefits that are already baked into the best-of-breed option, such as DDoS protection by using a private network in the architecture where applicable. Had a best-in-class approach been taken by, for instance, using a public cloud, the network would be susceptible to not only DDoS attacks but various other drawbacks such as “noisy” neighbors sharing the same VMs and various other headaches that would render the option impractical beyond a certain scale. 

Cost reduction 

A next-gen network can offer significant cost savings to users. That’s because organizations using it in a hybrid infrastructure can create direct connections between their private and public footprints. That means they can lean on their private resources for sensitive workloads or even run them where they are the least expensive, since colocation isn’t billed on a per-use bandwidth basis like the public cloud. Users pay for the space and power they utilize, providing a more predictable pricing approach and flat rates for monthly leases. In many cases, colocation providers also offer businesses remote-access controls that allow customers to view power consumption from afar and ensure costs are in line with budgets. 


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