Differentiating Cloud Connect Solutions


With the migration of applications to the cloud, the need for secure, scalable and easy-to-manage connections is an increasing reality. To date, connectivity providers have taken the following approaches to building their connections to the world’s largest cloud service providers:

Direct End-to-End

These cloud connections are built by the carrier to offer private connectivity from the customer’s LAN to every cloud service provider the carrier reaches – typically the largest cloud service providers in the world – entirely over that single carrier’s private network. These connections are built out directly into the data centers of these global cloud service providers, meaning no third-party network is utilized. This is the fastest, most secure, and easiest to manage connection to the cloud.

Hybrid Direct & Equinix Cloud Exchange

These cloud connections utilize a mixture of direct connections to some cloud service providers and link to Equinix’s Cloud Exchange to access others. Customers will purchase a connection from one of the carriers and, depending on the cloud service provider they want to reach, will either utilize that carrier’s direct end-to-end connection or be routed over the Equinix Cloud Exchange by that carrier.

Using the Equinix Cloud Exchange requires a cross connect from the carrier to the Cloud Exchange within an Equinix data center – this means that data traffic is now traversing a separate network to reach the desired cloud service provider. Equinix’s Cloud Exchange network is far-reaching and reliable, but it is important to note for customers that not all cloud service providers will be reached with a direct end-to-end connection by the carrier.

Equinix Cloud Exchange

These cloud connections use carrier networks to connect the customer’s LAN to the Equinix Cloud Exchange within Equinix data centers. The Equinix Cloud Exchange then connects customers to cloud service providers in both domestic and international markets. Using the Equinix Cloud Exchange requires a cross connect from the carrier to the Cloud Exchange within an Equinix data center – this means that data traffic is now traversing a separate network to reach the desired cloud service provider. Equinix’s Cloud Exchange network is far-reaching and reliable, but it is important to note for customers that cloud service providers will not be reached with a direct end-to-end connection by the carrier.

Cloud connectivity plays a key factor in the performance of cloud-based applications. Ensure you're maximizing your business investments with the right cloud connectivity.

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