Two thirds of all companies in Germany now rely on cloud computing – according to Cloud Monitor 2018 by Bitkom Research. To really benefit from the advantages of the cloud, companies rely on fast, high-performance, and secure communication between the cloud and the corporate network. Which type of cloud connection is best depends on the type of cloud and application used. For that reason, T-Systems offers companies a variety of cloud connectivity options, ensuring the optimal connection to the private and public clouds of various providers.
Connection of the company's own data center via Ethernet
Customer-specific data security and GDPR compliance
Three paths to the cloud: MPLS, Ethernet, or internet
In addition to using individual private and public clouds, corporations are increasingly using a cloud mix. In addition, time-critical, technically demanding applications such as video conferencing or IP telephony place high demands on data transmission between the cloud and the corporate network. Therefore, the basis for using different cloud services are hybrid networks that meet different requirements, whether fast, flexible, or cost-effective. For that reason, T-Systems provides the right path to the cloud for every usage profile: through a fast MPLS connection, encrypted over the public internet, or via exclusive Ethernet. Users can choose a cloud connection that is optimally tailored to their needs and that is efficient, flexible, and secure.
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Exclusive direct connection from the corporate network to the cloud data center
Multi-client capable connection
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Guaranteed high bandwidths at up to 100 Gbit/s
Secure transition with local, regional, and centralized internet breakouts from the corporate VPN to the cloud via the public internet
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High flexibility of and accessibility to all public cloud services and SaaS solutions
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What corporations should consider in their cloud connectivity
Whether software, platform, or Infrastructure-as-a-Service, the cloud is an integral part of the IT strategy in most corporations. But its successful use depends, among other things, on one factor that IT decision-makers often underestimate: data must be transmitted securely, cost-effectively, and with the necessary quality between the cloud platform and the corporate network. Users can only get satisfactory service with optimal cloud connectivity. However, there are various aspects to consider when choosing the cloud connection.
SLAs instead of best effort
Public cloud providers usually provide their services via the internet. But for many, especially time-critical and demanding applications, the internet is often not enough: transmission quality varies depending on the network load (best effort principle). MPLS connections make cloud connectivity with guaranteed quality possible (SLA) – just like when connecting to a private cloud. For very high demands, companies can also use Ethernet.
Regional gateways instead of central transition
Multinational corporations also have to implement their cloud connectivity in different countries. This includes not only the search for networking services that are available internationally, but also the question of latency: large public cloud providers operate multiple data centers worldwide to keep the spatial distance to the user and data transmission time low. That is why it is advisable for international companies to use regional rather than centralized gateways.
Trend toward managed services
The diversity of cloud services deployed in companies is also growing. According to the “2018 Cloud Computing Survey”, 42 percent of organizations worldwide already have a mixed or multi-cloud strategy. Yet every cloud provider realizes the connection differently – whether in the cloud data center itself or through a colocation provider. Processes such as billing also differ. Therefore, it often pays off to work with a managed service provider who has already developed solutions for connecting various private and public clouds.