Cloud is the new style of elastically scalable, self-service computing, and both internal applications and external applications will be built on this new style.
Cloud networking is big business. According to Gartner, the public cloud market is expected to hit $204 billion in 2016, a 16.5% increase compared to 2015. The cloud services market is also exhibiting growth around Software as a Service (SaaS), with Gartner predicting the SaaS market to grow 20.3% in 2016, reaching $37.7 billion. Why is cloud application delivery so popular? Because it helps people work better.
Cloud computing holds the promise of reduced IT expense and greater efficiency, but what impact does moving critical applications to the cloud have on your Internet, wide area network links and user experience? It’s a topic worth exploring if you’re planning a cloud deployment – or fixing one.
A Harris Poll survey noted the top ways the cloud helped to improve users’ lives, including the following:
In his article 3 Rules For Getting Top Enterprise Cloud Performance, InfoWorld’s cloud computing expert David Linthicum noted that cloud performance hinges on network resources, so organizations and individual end users must ensure that their network bandwidth can support the cloud activities they carry out. A vital part of any organization’s cloud infrastructure is the connectivity they use to get to the cloud.
Rule 1: The cloud rides on the network, so the network must be able to keep up
Companies that move applications and data to cloud, or perhaps build new systems on cloud-based platforms, often don’t consider the network infrastructure. When relying on systems that are connected via the network, the network is everything. Slow networks mean slow systems and poor performance.
If you have a single link to the cloud and that connection goes down, your business-critical applications that are in the cloud won’t be accessible. And if you don’t have enough bandwidth, your users won’t be satisfied with unexpectedly sluggish application performance.
You need adequate bandwidth and ISP redundancy to maintain a constant connection to the cloud to keep your business moving.
It’s necessary – and often critical – to increase network bandwidth to assure the robust performance of cloud systems, and to provide load balancing for application traffic. Linthicum pointed out that especially with data-heavy cloud services, having adequate bandwidth could mean the difference between reaping all the benefits Web-based programs have to offer, and being cut off from mission-critical resources. Particularly in a business setting, having access to the cloud is essential, and increasing bandwidth by leveraging multiple cloud connections is the most effective way to ensure reliable cloud infrastructure and performance.
The case for improved business processes using cloud for SMB and enterprise is strong and continues to increase in ROI as costs decrease for cloud internet access options. Whether you use the public cloud, have a private cloud or a combined hybrid cloud network, it is only as reliable as the connectivity you use to weave it all together.
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