Connectivity

Stay close to your cloud with the right connectivity

By Cory Dzbinski / Dec 05, 2019

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Using private cloud connections

Think mission critical.

Dedicated connections act like a private connection (similar to a VPN) from your data center or on-premises infrastructure to your cloud-based infrastructure, bypassing the pitfalls of the public Internet.

The three big players are; Google Dedicated Interconnect, Amazon Direct Connect and Microsoft Express Route.

Direct connections should provide for better throughput, reducing latency so that your off-premises servers (Google Cloud for example) feel like a natural extension to your data center or corporate office.

How do they work?

Keep in mind that using a private connection doesn’t mean you can drop your standard Internet connection, which is still needed for DNS, content delivery networks, general office connectivity, etc.

Secure access to Google Cloud Platform, AWS or Azure removes the barriers of the public Internet by reducing latency to single digits (<10 milliseconds worldwide average latency) and eliminating security risks, thus ensuring a better end-user experience.

You can usually use multiple providers to establish circuits in different locations for additional redundancy and geo-resiliency and can also be used with hybrid solutions like SD-WAN.

Are they worth it?

Google Dedicated Interconnect and similar services fill a gap, and offer organizations the ability to extend their on-premises environments into the cloud with a WAN-like private connection, for more assured performance and more security confidence.

These connections don't expose traffic to the public Internet, and they offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, better monitoring and higher security, than typical Internet connections.

If your enterprise or small business needs uncompromising up-time, quality, and security, then you may want to consider a private connection into your cloud of choice.