Who will supply your cloud?

1 pipe.  Many uses.  

One of the questions that CIO’s, IT leadership and Accreditation Authorities are dealing with is how to blend the economic benefits of cloud infrastructures with both the real and perceived security challenges presented by this new Service Delivery method.

When faced with inflection points like this I’ve often found that companies will reach out to their top two or three strategic technology suppliers to kick around ideas, learn from best practices and look for creative ways to fund Pilot projects.

If your Networking Service Provider, Hosting Partner and Wireline carrier are not on the list of initial partners you consult for advice…. It’s a position I think you may want to reconsider.

Heres why:

 As then, is now and forever shall be: Last Mile continues to matter. 

But not for the same reason you might suspect. I offer that the security implications for the last mile more than the contemporary performance arguments are a significant motivating factor for you to consider. And who better to help on your cloud journey than the service provider community you are already drawing on for network support.

You see for many of the large end user facing clouds, data is transported outside of your firewall and across the Public network. Depending upon your mission type – this transport method might be a complete non-starter.  Cleartext, Public Transport… these are not things your IA folks like to hear.

Enter: The power of Cross-Connect.

You’re networking service provider, hosting partner and wireline carriers who you already have a trusted relationship with for ping, power, pipe, can easily extend your private network into a cloud infrastructure in a low-friction – highly secure manner.


It’s good for you because it can deliver results immediately, good for your organization because procurement can leverage the volume of many different contracting vehicles and good for the provider because it allows them to monetize additional traffic on their (very expensive to build) network plants.

I’ve shared this previously in a brief post last year http://bit.ly/a1HSmT  and helped to build a handy list providers you’ll want to consider speaking with here http://bit.ly/jUfNR8  .

Which of your networks would benefit from this approach?

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