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Building Better Cloud Connectivity to Weather the Storm

The cloud has transformed the way we do business and changed how services are being delivered to customers. It has proven to have helped organisations improve business efficiency and accelerate their transformation.

While it has improved various aspects for businesses, it has also brought along several security and connectivity challenges.

By adopting the public cloud model, organisations are deploying their data and applications on a third party’s infrastructure. 

This growing reliance on the cloud also means that businesses have become more susceptible to disruptions beyond their control, be it a software bug, misconfiguration or the network connectivity.

With more mission-critical applications moving to the cloud, organisations have to examine the connections between their business and the cloud.

A multi-cloud strategy is a way to deal with this since it means reducing risk of vendor lock-in and eliminating single points of failure. However, this also means succumbing to the same mistakes across multiple clouds.

IT organisations can’t predict sudden surge in application usage and user behaviour, let alone an impending pandemic. Instead of anticipating by guesswork, businesses can build resilience in their connectivity to the cloud, ensuring services are available whenever they are needed.

Cloud misconfigurations

The network is becoming increasingly complex with the introduction of the cloud which can lead to a greater margin of error. 

Organisations that are just beginning their digital transformation don’t have the experience in moving to the cloud. To deal with this, they are hiring multiple vendors to manage and secure their cloud environment.
 
According to a report by cloud security company DivvyCloud, cloud misconfigrations are caused either by inexperienced users or a failure to shift from outdated security models.

Other reasons include the lack of unified cloud visibility and the unprecedented rate of change, scale and scope.

Because the cloud is easy to consume and made it much faster to deploy new applications and services, it is not unusual to see new users of these services to not be as cautious. 

As cloud adoption grows, businesses have to recognise that the public cloud is now an extension of its own private network. 

The best cloud connectivity strategy?

Public internet connection might be the easiest way to access the cloud, but it’s definitely not the best.

Those in network architecture will know that the network is a crucial, and often overlooked weak link in the delivery of cloud services.

Many organisations connect to the cloud and back to on-premises infrastructure for these two worlds to regularly exchange data. The public internet simply isn’t secure enough.

Businesses dealing with sensitive or mission-critical data and those that want high visibility or control over their cloud infrastructure, the public internet creates a many major vulnerabilities. These include: 

• Repeated passing and processing of data takes time, and because more and more hops are taking place, the delivery speeds slow down.

• Bad actors, Botnets and DDoS attacks are on the rise, and can create serious data security issues for businesses. 

• This negatively impacts customers’ experience and resources.
 
• Multi-hops also mean more points of failure and a wider surface area for attack, resulting in potentially catastrophic loss of data or downtime.
 
• Any downtime can lead to massive losses commercially as well as untold damage to the reputation of the business.

With growing concerns amongst businesses, many are now choosing to use dedicated connection to the cloud to bypass the public internet and its hazards.

It is a direct highway to the cloud, making it more stable and predictable. Dedicated, direct cloud connection should always be the preferred connectivity option for the best performance and security

Connecting to multiple clouds will require a cloud-centric interconnection strategy that is also flexible, scalable and cost-effective. 

Get in touch with our experts to learn how you can build better cloud connectivity for any challenging situation.

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Kugenesh Segaran

Kugenesh Segaran

Product Manager, Colocation & Cloud On-Ramp