Does your company’s infrastructure effectively support your business operations, financial and growth goals? More than ever, meeting these goals is largely dependent on interconnecting to networks, public and private clouds as well as the interoperability services your business depends on.
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What is Interconnection?
Data centers provide a central meeting place for networks, clouds and enterprises to house their physical infrastructure. Interconnection services are the physical (and virtual) connections between those companies that enable the exchange of data.
Highly secure data exchange
Lowest-latency cloud connection
Increased performance and efficiency
Accelerated business growth
Rapid implementation and dynamic bandwidth control
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An interconnect utilizes a high-speed WAN link to unite data centers in a meet-me room. It is a fiber, coaxial or copper link between your equipment and the equipment of the companies also deployed in data center that you interact with – your digital ecosystem.
A cross connect enables bypassing the internet via a private, dedicated connection.
Low latency data transfer
Fast and easy provisioning
Advantages of Cross Connect
Data center interconnects link two or more data centers, enabling resource sharing and access to all the providers and business partners located in each data center. An interconnect utilizes a high-speed WAN link, including MPLS, Ethernet and VPLS to unite the data centers in a secure meet-me room. With the ability to deploy services proximate to users, the latency-induced performance issues, such as jitter, are minimized.
Advantages of Inter-Site Connectivity
Rapid Market Expansion
Expanded application distribution/ scalability
Consistent user experience
Disaster recovery readiness
True direct connection to major cloud providers is enabled via a cross connect between the data center provider and the cloud provider. Direct connects are also known as “native onramps” and offer a private, low-latency alternative to connecting over the public internet or backhauling from a corporate data center. They also lower business risk because there are fewer connecting points between the enterprise and cloud(s).
Accessing major cloud providers is becoming an essential piece of a multicloud architecture.
Advantages of Cloud Direct Connect
Reduced data transfer costs, total cost of operation
Low latency access to data and services
Rapid, dynamic resource scalability
Peering is a process in which two independent networks (peers) connect and exchange data. It allows directly handing off traffic without incurring extra transport costs for the transaction. Peering enables organizations to set up a more efficient network architecture and access multiple digital ecosystem entities through a single connection.
Advantages of Internet Peering
Improved application performance
Higher bandwidth capacity
Better network performance
Increased redundancy, reliability
Blended IP is the ability to use multiple internet service providers (vs. a single provider) and local internet exchanges in order to transfer data at the highest available speed. Blending multiple upstream service providers, internet exchanges and direct cloud peering ensures the most efficient/fastest routing of your internet traffic. Plus, with single connections for traditional connectivity and fully redundant connections for mission-critical applications, blended IP offers a quick setup and flexible bandwidth options, which is an ideal solution for production-level internet requirements.
Interconnection creates complexity, and complexity drives the need for a platform designed to simplify network management. The CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange (OCX) is an ideal simplification example and is available through our customer service delivery platform.
The OCX automates enterprise-class network services, drastically reducing the amount of time and effort required to order, provision and manage interconnection to and between multiple clouds, between data centers and our digital ecosystem.
Advantages of Interconnection Platform
Accelerates IT modernization/ digital transformation
Reduces total cost of operation
Speeds time to market
Elevates business agility
Expands market reach and addressable markets
Advantages of Blended IP
Better redundancy, dedicated bandwidth, improved latency
72-hour activation interval
Options for connectivity, bandwidth and routing
Reliable, SLA-backed service
Faster is always better, right? Maybe not, depending on your users’ expectations, and your budget relevant to the service or solution. Latency sensitive services, such as IoT-enabled devices where machine-to-machine data exchanges need to happen in near real-time, depend on processing proximity and network performance. As immersive experiences (the metaverse) become part of both work and leisure, millisecond access latency and zero perceived downtime are requisite.
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Email, reporting tools or even video chat services (which average 1.2 Mbps upload/download) don’t need to be as low latency.
The upshot is that your colocation provider should be able to cover the latency spectrum and facilitate customized, flexible deployments that allow workloads to be deployed where they return greatest value on investment, whether that’s on-premises, in colocation, public and private clouds and at the edge.
Let’s look at two aspects of how a colocation provider needs to address industry requirements: compliance and support for industry workflows.
When colocation data centers obtain certain certifications, customers can operate with the confidence that their data center deployment is compliant with the aspects of those certifications. Compliance encompasses both private enterprise and public sectors; government entities, by law, have unique compliance regulations and mandates.
Digital transformation is driving an unprecedented degree of industry-specific interconnection requirements. Even industries that traditionally have not trusted third-party colocation providers, for example financial services, are recognizing that the speed, security and reliability they need can be achieved through colocation. While it’s outside the scope of this guide to run through interconnection requirements for every industry, what we can offer is that it is essential to align the degree of latency with the services and workloads supporting your enterprise, whether they are artificial intelligence, collaboration solutions empowering a distributed workforce, streaming platforms or IoT edge use cases.
Interconnection across the digital ecosystem surrounding your enterprise is one of the most important factors in your success. Your business is interconnected to digital ecosystem members by a native digital supply chain. The native digital supply chain is the digital infrastructure stretching from an enterprise core to any edge, including converged wireline and wireless infrastructure. It’s “native” because it extends the concept of cloud native (developed specifically for cloud) into the holistic infrastructure. The “goods” are data shared in digital ecosystems, passed by workloads deployed on-premises, in colocation data centers and clouds and at edges.
Reducing the distance between ecosystem members by colocating in the same facility or data center campus is a simple solution for minimizing latency. Cloud adjacency provides low-latency, private connection to public cloud and cuts data transport costs.
The denser the ecosystem, the greater the ability to create automated, personalized and frictionless experiences, and grow the core business, expand the network and portfolio, and generate revenues from new products and services.
Private physical and virtual connections between ecosystem members, which are the most secure and lowest latency. Direct connections to major cloud providers (CSPs) facilitate high performance utilization of cloud services and drastically reduce data egress fees.
We suggest that you look to these capabilities as high-level differentiators as you begin vetting potential data center and interconnection partners. When you meet with their team, ask for in-depth information on the following:
How easily can someone from your company get to the physical location? If you ever need to upgrade or service your equipment, this is a huge consideration. Second, do they have data centers where you want to grow your business?
Data center location
Is the facility carrier-neutral? Do they have a large ecosystem of customers already interconnecting? And, are they getting ready for wireless and wireline network convergence?
Are they open to building exactly the deployment you need, not an out-of-the-box solution? Find out the availability of additional space, power and connectivity. Don't hinder your business by choosing a provider that can't provide flexibility and scalability.
Direct connections to major cloud providers is a must-have.
Establishing and managing a multicloud environment is time-intensive. Ask whether they have a platform built to simplify network connectivity and cloud connectivity services.
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Learn about their onsite security team. What type of training is required for their data center technicians? While it’s easy to get distracted by the technology inside a data center’s four walls, it’s the people you work with or who handle issues that make the relationship one you want to grow – or not.
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