Top 10 Reasons Why You Need a Better Network to the Cloud

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IT organizations are highly motivated to drive efficiencies — first through data center consolidation, then virtualization. The next step is to use cloud services, which can offer enterprises up to 25 percent infrastructure savings on IT services and hardware expenses1. In turn, the network is also a key enabler for cloud service providers to operate multiple data centers as a shared pool of virtual data centers, enabling a 35 percent reduction in total cloud data center resources, according to Ciena. The network is the key ingredient that ties everything together, serving as a backplane across the data centers for flexible delivery of applications and services.

1Sand Hill: “Job Growth in the Forecast: How Cloud Computing is Generating New Business Opportunities and Fueling Job Growth in the United States”, 2011

While much of the industry is focused on what’s going on in enterprise networking inside the data center to enable cloud computing, IT also needs to consider the network that connects the data centers – particularly how these inter-data-center networks need to change to support new cloud use cases and associated network requirements for bandwidth scalability, low latency, security, virtualization and automation. In this slideshow, Ciena is tackling the connectivity issues between data centers, and data centers to the cloud, and outlines 10 reasons why you need a better network to the cloud.


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