Cloud computing

Amazon and Google make it easier to connect to the cloud

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8 November 2017

As more organisations look to enable hybrid cloud computing, a big question remains: How do I connect my network to the cloud? Now, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services have each released new products that make that process easier.

Dedicated Interconnect
Dedicated Interconnect is an important way for customers to connect to the public cloud. It allows organisations to connect their on-premises resources to a colocation facility and then that co-lo facility has a direct network connection to the public cloud. Public IaaS cloud providers like Google want to give their customers access to fast connections to their cloud, but they do not want to connect to each individual customer’s site, so they have created this co-lo based Interconnect. Google runs the Interconnect and offers either a 99.9 or 99.99% service level agreement. Google is working with a handful of colocation vendors as the middle-man, including Equinix, Digital Realty and Infomart.

In addition to Interconnect being generally available, Google also announced new functionality for its Cloud Router product, which allows customers to manage all of their virtual subnets in the cloud from a central portal. Users can connect to any subnet they have in the cloud in any Google Cloud region through this central portal.

Direct Connect Gateway
AWS has had its own version of a connect-to-the-cloud product named Direct Connect since 2012. AWS has announced new functionality named Direct Connect Gateway. This new feature allows users to centrally manage connections from their on-premises environments, through a co-lo facility, to any AWS region in the world. In the past, users had to set up BGP sessions for each virtual private cloud (VPC) in AWS. Also, now each VPC can be extended across any region in Amazon’s cloud. This means a customer’s single VPC could extend across multiple AWS regions.

Easier cloud connections
These two items are significant because they show that two of the leading public IaaS cloud providers are actively making it easier for customers to connect their on premises environments to their clouds, and manage those network connections more granularly.

This is a benefit for customers who are not just sending data to the cloud, but also those that need to extract data from the cloud; these network connections are a two-way street.

They also emphasise the importance of colocation vendors who act as an interconnection point between cloud providers and end users. Their importance will only grow in the future as customers manage their hybrid cloud environments.

 

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