As your organization moves beyond moving applications to the cloud under software as a service (SaaS), to using the cloud for infrastructure as a service (IaaS), chances are high that your network infrastructure will need a boost.
SaaS applications can be connected with no more than a standard Layer 3 Internet service delivered by an ISP, or through a company-wide shared VPN network.
When adding IaaS services, a standard Internet connection may need to be augmented to handle the substantial amounts of information in storage and virtual machines that will be transferred between data centers.
You’ll need access to a scalable, high-performance, fiber-based network to connect your data centers to each other and to the cloud for “performance-on-demand.” This could be a Layer 1 direct connect network, or Layer 2 Ethernet network that provides better scalability and predictable performance. Network and software orchestration can help unify these data center resources for assigning peak workloads, or other processing outside of your on-premise data center. Now you can more easily own the base and rent for the spike.
The explosion of new services combining cloud and network services is being delivered by a mix of "new service providers" emerging from the ranks of established telecommunications firms like AT&T, data center infrastructure providers like Equinix and unexpected firms like Google and the NYSE. Recent moves by business giants HP, Oracle and IBM demonstrate that they are also trying to transform themselves into cloud providers using the full suite of technology they’ve amassed over the decades. If your organization is in the market for cloud services, you’ve got a number of options. Ciena, the network specialist, has identified seven points that CIOs need to consider.
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