According to the Cisco Global Cloud Index, global cloud traffic is expected to grow 4.5 fold (35% combined annual growth rate) by 2017. The report also noted that 51% of business workloads will be processed in the cloud in 2014. With this type of expected growth, you need to pick a data center that is ready for your cloud-based application.Here are 4 things your data center needs to be ready for your cloud-based application:
Does your application need to integrate with other business cloud providers? In order for this to happen, you will need multi-cloud support with an architecture that is easily extensible and a data center with low latency to meet your application’s requirements.
Data centers need to support public, private, and hybrid cloud environments, and different security platforms and architectures can increase the complexity. Providing multiple types of cloud environments can change depending upon the type of customer that is using your cloud-based application. Having the right data center that supports multiple types of clouds will give you more flexibility for the future.
“Gartner further suggests that a hybrid environment will entail tight integration among all environments at the data, process, management, and security layers. Eventually, a hybrid environment will likely evolve into a single cloud consisting of several cloud platforms that enterprises will selectively use as business requirements dictate”, according to an HP whitepaper.
When you first move your application to a new data center, it may take some time for it to grow into a big success. For this reason, it makes sense to pick a data center that not only meets your needs of today, but can also scale to handle the resources your cloud application will need for the future. Having the ability to scale out to additional cabinets and handle the special cooling and power needs of high-density equipment is imperative.
Not all data centers are created equal. Some are carrier specific while others are carrier neutral. Carrier neutral facilities allow any carrier to provide services. This allows for better reliability, redundancy, flexibility, and lower cost of connectivity.
According to Philip Carden at LightReading.com, “What really matters are three things: server response time; network queuing (radio or IP); and the speed-of-light in fiber, which is negligible across town, about 60ms round-trip across the Atlantic (London-New York), and 120ms round-trip across the Pacific (Sydney to San Jose).”
Depending on your type of application, you may need to expand into additional geographical regions to reduce the amount of latency on your application at it grows. “So server location will become increasingly important for a sub-set of applications, while for the majority of cloud applications, the location of data centers is already very flexible, and will become much more so over time, as protocols improve”, says Mr. Carden.
Several things are needed to make sure a data center is ready for your cloud-based application. These can include availability, multi-cloud support, resiliency, scalability, and for it to be carrier neutral. As more applications are moved to the cloud, data centers will be required to adapt to meet their customer’s needs. Why not pick the right data center today?
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