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True Cloud for Carrier-Neutral Service Providers: Moving Beyond Direct Connect Models

By | March 7, 2017

 

As adoption and use of public cloud services accelerates, carrier-neutral service providers have moved quickly to create new offerings that benefit hybrid cloud scenarios.  Typically, these offerings provide a direct interconnection between private infrastructure owned and operated by customers within a carrier-neutral facility, and public cloud services like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.  Direct connection models improve public cloud for Enterprises by reducing application latencies and lowering bandwidth costs.  

However, traditional barriers to public cloud adoption remain in direct connect models.  Data-intensive applications are often so sensitive to latency that performance suffers significantly on public cloud services. The multi-tenant architecture of public cloud services can introduce overhead, along with unpredictable degradations of service quality due to Noisy Neighbor Syndrome.  Together with security and regulatory compliance challenges, these characteristics can make public cloud unsuitable for a large variety of Enterprise use cases.

By and large, the success of public cloud has is built upon a fundamental shift of responsibility for infrastructure, from internal IT teams to the external service provider.  This transition has enabled IT to focus more on innovation activities, versus the undifferentiated heavy lifting of maintaining IT infrastructure.  The key failing of private cloud solutions is that they still relied on a do-it-yourself approach, leaving responsibility for building and scaling infrastructure with internal IT teams. According to a recent survey of CIOs by Harvey-Nash, IT leaders remain overwhelmingly dissatisfied with their private cloud initiatives.

Today, a new model for cloud computing is emerging, so-called True Cloud services.  True Cloud combines the best characteristics of public cloud, together with the benefits of owning a private data center.  In True Cloud services, customers are given physically isolated infrastructure resources that are owned and operated by the cloud provider.  Just like regular public cloud services, customers pay for True Cloud as they consume cloud resources, and have the ability to burst beyond their committed capacity.

Soon, demand for high-performance computing capacity at the edge of the network is expected to rise, owing to the inexorable increase of Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, and other edge computing devices.  As this shift happens, the economics and performance characteristics of public cloud services will become undesirable for these use cases.  The emergence of True Cloud, along with the expected rise in demand for edge computing use cases, represents an unprecedented opportunity for carrier-neutral service providers to increase their value to customers in the cloud era.

Benefits

  • Dedicated infrastructure just like private cloud
  • True public cloud consumption model supporting on-demand and reserved instances
  • High-performance cloud capacity directly connected to customer’s private data center infrastructure
  • Lower costs for customers versus traditional public cloud services
  • Increased brand presence and customer relevance for carrier-neutral providers in the cloud era
  • Prepare fully for anticipated demand in IoT, mobile, and other edge use cases

 

Carrier neutral providers partnering with HyperGrid can immediately offer True Cloud services in their facilities, without the overhead and complexity of building and operating the infrastructure themselves.  HyperGrid’s service perfectly augments existing direct connect models, allowing customers to fully transition to cloud computing, without the adoption barriers and risks inherent in traditional public cloud services.

Our staff at HyperGrid are always available to talk with you about how our solutions can help. Contact us.

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James Thomason

CTO at HyperGrid
James Thomason is CTO of HyperGrid.He writes frequently on cloud computing, IT infrastructure, DevOps, and software. He joins HyperGrid from Dell, where as CTO he led the vision, technology strategy, and product roadmap for Dell Cloud Marketplace, an online platform that makes it easy for businesses to compare, consume, and control cloud services. Mr. Thomason joined Dell through the acquisition of Gale Technologies in 2012, where as CTO he headed the product roadmap, architecture, and engineering of the company’s flagship cloud and converged infrastructure automation software, GaleForce. Prior to joining Gale Technologies, Mr. Thomason was the CTO and Founder of Virtiv, a San Francisco cloud automation startup focused on Linux virtualization, acquired by Gale Technologies in 2011. For over 17 years, as a specialist in distributed systems and large-scale infrastructures, Mr. Thomason has been an entrepreneur and innovator at a number of notable Silicon Valley start-ups, including Exodus Communications, Digital Island, Netli, NetVMG, Netscaler, 3Leaf Systems, and Ning.
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