The Cloud, Class of Service and the Life of a Data Packet

Cloud technology has finally emerged from a thought, or want, to something that has experienced rapid adoption among corporations. Conversations have thus transformed from “When” or “If” the business would enable their own cloud to what applications have been placed in the cloud, and how they are getting there. Our focus is now built upon how quickly we can connect businesses to their applications and the differences between public and private connectivity options. The success of simple cloud strategies has motivated corporations to move more applications off-site with multi-cloud strategies.

Scale your business needs with secure, quick, and high-performing network connection to the Cloud.

We want our clients to be prepared for the cloud. What are some things they should consider, and what providers will do the best job for them?

First, redundancy must be designed in the network. You will experience a network outage at some point. How will your data move around the outage you experience? A single connection to the cloud is not a strategy that will drive success of your cloud. High availability connectivity options between the cloud and your customer premises provide connectivity redundancy to your cloud services.

Second, private connectivity isn’t necessarily more expensive than the public Internet. Increases in bandwidth commitments add to increased costs in using the service. Private Internet connectivity to the cloud allows users to increase the predictability and throughput to the cloud decreasing their bandwidth commitment.

Third, with many different options available for our clients between Internet, MPLS, Point to Point, and Direct Connect services. Each type of service offers different levels of delay, jitter, and control qualities specific to the individual solution. In sending data to and from a cloud, the most consistent access is a dedicated network cloud connection.

As the Cloud continues to increase in its use it is important to understand the applications sent over the network, and type of packets they entail. As packet size increases on your network enterprises must optimize their network connectivity, shaping their bandwidth around the applications on their network. Without a network strategy, your cloud strategy will fail.

At Fastblue we’ve been able to work with our partners to move our clients to the AWS Cloud and Windows Azure Cloud while supporting their efforts in sending data to the cloud. Our services have helped enterprises scale to their needs with a secure, quick, and high-performing network connection to the cloud.

Where is your Cloud network strategy today? Email eric@fastblue.com for more information.

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Eric Swanstrom

Eric Swanstrom is a Sales and Account Manager at Fastblue Communications. Fastblue is a Premier Managed Cloud, Telecom, and Internet Security Provider.

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