Hot Topic Report: Interconnection Update

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How is interconnection shaping infrastructure services?

Executive Summary

Cloud. Digital transformation. Digital enterprise.

These are all words that executives hear every day because of the transformative power of technology. The networks that digital enterprises depend on have been a relatively overlooked component of cloud services. That has been changing over the course of 2017 as C-suite executives grapple with security and performance challenges that have come along with their growing use of cloud services.

Software-defined networking has been key to enabling new services that help connect enterprises to cloud providers. Though MPLS services are still a common means of transporting data from the enterprise WAN to cloud services like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and others, networking is becoming more agile and cost-effective with SD-WAN technologies.

Getting to the cloud provider is one thing. What will enterprises do if they want to connect to more than one cloud provider? And if they want to have direct connection to a SaaS provider like for better performance?

At some point, customers will decide that in many cases, they don’t need a static, direct link to every CSP and SaaS provider – it’s not cost effective. Now multiply each direct connection by dozens of sites in another dozen countries if that customer is a large multinational corporation with operations around the globe, and that connectivity model becomes a tax in operations personnel.

They need a platform in the data centre that facilitates on-demand connectivity. To move beyond the limits of a one-to-one connectivity model requires the application of SDN inside the data centre. SDN is already enabling businesses to easily interconnect with multiple cloud providers as well as business partners over a switching fabric. The movement of the market away from selling fixed cross-connects between cages is underway. Understanding where the market is, and how fast it’s headed towards a more dynamic, cloud-ready model of interconnection is what the report aims to examine.