As someone deeply involved in the tech industry, I’ve witnessed the rapid rise and acceptance of public cloud solutions for various computing needs. However, another concept seems to elude many: the hybrid cloud platform. The industry is already moving in that direction, with platforms like Equinix Fabric and Cloud Fabric at Flexential showcasing the possibilities. But let’s not stop there; we can explore even more! In this blog, I’ll delve into the benefits and challenges of hybrid cloud platforms, shedding light on the evolving landscape of connectivity and service provisioning.
Addressing Connectivity Costs and Complexities
I know that building and maintaining your platform can be financially burdensome. Connectivity remains a high cost in retail colocation. But there’s an intelligent solution by collaborating with infrastructure providers who have invested substantially in connectivity infrastructure. This approach takes the load off cross-connects, which account for 80% of global colocation costs. By leveraging existing infrastructure, businesses can deliver top-notch services.
Navigating the Changing Landscape of Network Providers
Recently, I’ve noticed the challenges of ordering services and accessing reliable support from network providers, especially for those who need a solid technical team. Many providers now focus on serving a select group of customers and rely more on channel partners for pre-sales and post-sales support. Moreover, the rising costs of IP Transit and IP Transport no longer align with the traditional retail model. However, I see an opportunity for providers willing to offer comprehensive support and simplify the customer experience.
The Power of Hybrid Cloud Platforms
Understanding the synergy between hybrid cloud platforms and public clouds is crucial. When selling colocation services, we must consider where workloads are migrating from. Some workloads thrive in public cloud environments, while others demand the considerations only a hybrid approach can provide.
Simplifying Workload Management and Enhancing Efficiency
A well-designed hybrid cloud platform is a game-changer regarding workload management. It empowers organizations to allocate resources efficiently, determining the optimal placement of workloads – whether in public clouds or on-premises infrastructure. By harnessing the strengths of both public and private cloud environments, businesses can achieve the agility, scalability, and security they need.
At the end of the day, certain applications perform better in the cloud while others shine in private infrastructure. That’s where the hybrid cloud platform steps in, offering an enticing solution for businesses seeking to optimize connectivity, workload management, and operational efficiency. By partnering with infrastructure providers and capitalizing on their connectivity investments, we can significantly reduce costs and focus on delivering exceptional services. Embracing the paradigm shift of hybrid cloud platforms will empower businesses to unlock new possibilities and drive innovation in our ever-evolving digital landscape.
This article was published on: 07/31/23 9:35 AM | Tags: Tags: colocation, colocation services, connectivity, hybrid cloud, hybrid cloud platforms, IP Transit, IP Transport, network providers, public cloud