Traditional Networks No Longer Serve the Cloud
Growth in the cloud over the last 3 years has been phenomenal. It has changed the enterprise IT landscape and now it is finally driving change in global networking.
Cloud growth is not slowing down and that is why enterprises need new models for connecting their cloud services. Research firm Gartner expects that global spending on IaaS reached almost $16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 32.8% from 2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019 forecast at 29.1%.
With growth that rapid, enterprises need a new model that goes far beyond their traditional network services. For too long networking has lacked the agility, flexibility, stability, and visibility that cloud services require. Cloud-based applications are only as good as an enterprise’s ability to connect to them.
Thankfully, cloud connectivity platforms have been developed to replace traditional networking models and give enterprises simple and easy access to their cloud services. These cloud connectivity platforms remove the long lead times for network services and outdated procurement models.
Traditional models rely on slow manual procurement processes that mean enterprises have to wait to connect their cloud services. Manual processes require a person to turn up the service and can result in lead times of days or weeks.
Similarly, long inflexible contracts would lock enterprises in for years, making it difficult to adjust or scale their services. This hurts an enterprises ability to realise the benefits and efficiencies of cloud services. It limits them and keeps them from scaling up or down locations based on changing demand.
It is a model where the network provider is in control rather than the enterprise. Network resources are available but they are not easily accessed and it takes a long time to adjust and alter a service.
At the same time, enterprises have no visibility into network performance and no guarantees around quality of experience (QoE) for end users. QoE is critical for the cloud and the success of an enterprises cloud services. Without seeing and understanding performance end-to-end the enterprise is entirely reliant on their network provider.
Cloud connectivity needs to be simple, efficient and on demand. The traditional model no longer matches the needs of the cloud and is being replaced with automated platforms that enable self-service. On top of this, they offer visibility into network performance from the same online portal, giving the enterprise all the tools they need to connect their clouds.
The traditional networking model is simply not fast enough to keep up with the cloud. It has to be replaced because it cannot mirror the simplicity, agility and efficiency of the cloud itself. Growth in cloud connectivity platforms is a natural and necessary step forward and something enterprises need to explore.