by Brandon Harper
How many cloud service providers are you currently using? Where are the services and data located in relationship to each other? How will users be impacted when an on-prem application moves to the cloud? As companies embark on their journey to the cloud, these are the questions IT organizations must understand to guarantee the performance end-users have come to expect.
The reality is, as you start moving to the cloud, a lift-and-shift strategy isn’t cost-effective for most. Applications need to be refactored to take advantage of SaaS and PaaS offerings, and this takes time. Companies will find themselves using a hybrid cloud model for the foreseeable future – if not permanently. Leveraging the cloud can help organizations shift their focus and increase innovation. It can also provide a framework to improve disaster recovery and business continuity. But it’s important to understand the challenges it presents as well.
Cloud connectivity and latency
Since the early days of IT, hardware vendors and application developers have invested substantial time and resources to increase the speed of business applications and reduce latency in the data center. Inevitably, moving applications outside of the data center to hybrid cloud environments will add the latency back into the picture. Most organizations begin building out hybrid cloud connectivity with VPN connections over internet circuits. This is fine in the beginning, as dev workloads and non-business critical applications are moved, but these circuits are not usually dedicated circuits and performance depends on internet usage in the environment. Once the critical applications are migrated, companies begin looking into high-speed connections like Azure ExpressRoute and AWS Direct Connect to decrease latency and increase throughput to the cloud. Ordering a dedicated circuit for each cloud in your environment from your ISP can get expensive – quickly.
iVision has partnered with Equinix to solve this problem for our customers. Though a single connection via the Equinix Cloud Exchange, you can directly access every major cloud service provider. This greatly reduces costs over connecting an off-net data center. Equinix also offers data center locations near cloud if you really need that low latency high-speed connection.
Other factors to consider
Moving data centers might sound like too large an undertaking, but it also offers other opportunities such as data center modernization and transformation. Do you feel your current data center is antiquated? Is your colocation bill too high? Are your MPLS costs becoming a burden? Do you have an on-premises primary or secondary data centers that you no longer want to maintain? If any of these sound like they could be a driver for your organization, leverage iVision’s experience and let us help you plan your move to a next-generation hybrid data center.