Getting to the cloud - Direct Connects

           There are a couple ways to get the cloud these days. You could do so by accessing it through the public internet or create a secure private line service directly into that provider’s network. We all use the cloud all day long whether we’re on our phone syncing photos up to Google Drive or accessing our work applications like Microsoft Office. There are hundreds of examples of applications in the cloud but none of the applications live with you. You access them remotely.

               Issues arise though when you’re trying to access a cloud application, for example, Google Drive which takes forever to upload and download your photos. It’s not the applications fault but the network that you’re using. The internet is a congested place and the faster you want to go the more you have to pay, meaning the provider you are using will open up a bigger lane for you. Wireless providers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have massive networks to run our smartphones and their applications. Everything we do through mobile is done over the internet and we’re all connected.

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               What about trying to run a business? You could run all mission critical applications in the cloud in your office if you really wanted to. Office 365 has allowed businesses to access office applications and CRM systems in the cloud. You used to have to have physical exchange servers in the office that you constantly had to maintain and pay an administrator to keep alive. Now that’s all gone and you can definitely save money by switching to the cloud. Security comes into play though as you could access Office 365 over the fiber internet connections you already have but that’s unsecured. Remember the internet is a scary place.

      What you could do is work with your fiber provider to bring you a connection that will directly access you into a cloud resource like Office 365 on a direct connection. It happens by turning up a physical point to point connection from your office to the nearest datacenter that already has Microsoft Office 365 available . You can then connect the end of the line right into that cloud resource. (There is more to it. It’s called a cross connect in the datacenter) The line is secure as it’s a circuit that doesn’t traverse the regular internet rather it is on a physical, private line that your provider already owns. It look something like this below from my company.  

               You get different names for such private line service such as, Direct Connect, Cloud Connect, and Express Route, but it’s all the same from a physical standpoint. Private lines are fiber in the ground dedicated to you that doesn’t hit the public internet. Next time you want to get to the cloud ask your internet provider if you can do it over a secure private line connection.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

Daniel Macias – Fiber Sales Professional