While there is no shortage of online marketplaces these days, trying to navigate individual network and cloud connection contracts in the age of the cloud can be a major chore. To simplify that issue, Global Capacity created One Marketplace, which this week added the Google Cloud service to the portfolio.
Ben Edmond, chief revenue officer for Global Capacity, says One Marketplace simplifies the design, price and ordering of data connectivity using direct Ethernet connections. Rather than having to negotiate terms with both network and cloud service providers separately, Edmond says IT organizations, via One Marketplace, can quickly set up 1Mb to 10Gig connections with multiple providers using either an online portal or invoking an application programming interface (API).
The challenge that many IT organizations have come to realize is that relying on standard Internet service to access cloud applications often doesn’t make the grade. As such, many of them are now creating dedicated private networks to connect their data centers directly to the data centers where a cloud service is hosted.
This approach is also giving rise to new approaches to hybrid cloud computing where instead of storing data in the cloud, an organization can opt to exploit compute horsepower in the cloud, while continuing to store data locally to meet compliance requirements.
Whatever the approach, it’s clear that hybrid cloud computing will require IT organizations of all sizes to rethink their data connectivity strategy in ways that provide not only more options, but also access to services that can be provisioned in a matter of minutes versus the several weeks that process currently requires.