Network-enabled Cloud in Europe

  • ID: 3628845
  • Report
  • Region: Europe
  • 15 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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Hybrid Deployments and Security Requirements Create the Need for Robust Cloud Connectivity
With the evolution of the cloud market, enterprises increasingly want more than scalability. They want operational stability and predictability as well. Recognizing the importance of the network, cloud providers are focusing on improving the network architecture connecting to their cloud platform. In this research service, the growing importance of cloud connectivity is explored with examples of the existing models in the market. It draws a particular focus on Interoute, which is growing rapidly with its "networked cloud" offering.

Over the past year, cloud connectivity has emerged as a key focus area for many cloud providers.

Cloud connectivity refers to strengthening network-access technologies that lend increased flexibility, predictability, and security to enterprise cloud platforms.

The public cloud concept is based on the delivery of shared, scalable computer and storage resources that are easily accessible via an equally scalable and flexible network, the Internet.

In the case of the public cloud, enterprises can add a layer of security to the platform by adding a level of encryption over the network using a secure socket layer (SSL) or an Internet Protocol-based secure virtual private network (IPsec VPN). However, with the evolution of the cloud market, enterprises increasingly want more than scalability. They want operational stability and predictability as well, which only private networks can deliver. The network connecting the cloud plays a key role in delivering operational predictability to a cloud platform.

Enterprises’ choice of cloud providers is no longer solely based on the architecture of the cloud platform, but is also dependent on the way network access is built into the cloud.

A key reason for this evolution of customer preference is that the enterprise cloud is only as secure as the network accessing the platform. Furthermore, the enterprise IT environment is increasingly hybrid, consisting of on-premise deployments and off-site data centre services and cloud services. A distributed enterprise set-up requires a robust and reliable network that provides seamless connectivity across different environments.
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1. Introduction

2. What is Network-Enabled Cloud and Why it is Important?

3. Providers Strategic Responses to Enterprise Cloud Connectivity Requirements have been Varied
  • Public Cloud Providers
  • Network Service Providers
  • Carrier-Neutral Colocation/interconnection Providers
4. Network is Key to Market Success: Interoute's "Networked Cloud"

5. The Last Word

6. Legal Disclaimer
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- Equinex
- Google
- Orange
- Verizon
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