Open cloud exchange: making cloud connectivity seamless3 min read . Updated: 27 Aug 2020, 12:27 PM IST
- It is extremely valuable for an enterprise to co-locate in a connectivity-rich, carrier-neutral data center that offers an interconnection ecosystem.
Indian businesses are not fully aware of the potential offered by cloud platforms. The arrival of high-speed internet, smartphone access all over the country, and the availability of the biggest CSPs (Cloud Service Providers) who have set up facilities locally, has now addressed most of the cloud concerns. The Government of India’s regulations related to data localization mandated global players operating in India to store their data within the country. Digital consumption in the form of OTT, social media, e-commerce, e-payments are surging at a tremendous rate. The sudden pandemic outbreak has spiked the data consumption and the advantage of connecting to the world wide web has manifested into various forms - including remote working, virtual classroom, as well as virtual meetings with family and friends.
With burgeoning digital transformation underway in India, the nation’s cloud market is expected to grow threefold to $7.1 billion by 2022, according to a recent Nasscom report.
Complexities of Enterprise-wide Cloud Architecture
Consumers are evolving and their preferences are changing. End-users today demand access to applications, services and data anytime, anywhere. High latency is no longer tolerable. Security of data will no longer be confined only to office spaces but will be extended as an omnipresent subject ie. data has to always be secured no matter where an employee access it from. The business models of several SAAS and PAAS enterprises heavily depend upon cloud service providers. The speed and seamlessness of the customer experience that they provide also often depends on reliability of the cloud network chosen by the enterprise.
Moreover, the COVID-19 situation has led to a dramatic increase in digitization and cloud adoption in India. Enterprises are looking for on demand scalability as uncertainty of markets increases. Having a robust and agile cloud architecture is not an option anymore but a mandate to be able to stay ahead in the game.
With the usual office structures collapsing, enterprises are facing a huge challenge of re-establishing a new structure relevant for the current times and that too, seamlessly.
So, is there a way to address this challenge?
The Solution: Enterprise Edge Node and Cloud Exchange
It is extremely valuable for an enterprise to co-locate in a connectivity-rich, carrier-neutral data center that offers an interconnection ecosystem with a robust and open interconnection platform including physical and switched interconnections between Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), Telco’s, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Software-defined Networking (SDNs), Internet Exchange Providers (IXPs), and Content Distribution Networks (CDNs), and Subsea. The multiple Telco’s and ISPs collocated in the data center offer varied connectivity options between the data center and the enterprises on premise technology and their remote employees.
GPX’s data center in India offer an interconnection ecosystem that lays the foundation for enterprises to establish an Enterprise Edge Node, enabling them to implement a:
Hybrid Cloud & Multi Cloud strategies by virtue of direct access to multiple CSPs utilizing GPX’s Open Cloud Exchange
Resilient, low latency Network architecture utilizing the GPX Ecosystem which includes 12 Carriers, 130+ ISPs, the largest global Content Providers (OTTs), 4 Internet Exchanges.
CDNs Access Networks or Eyeball Network
Unlike on-premise IT architectures, enterprises co-located in the Edge Data Center can quickly align their compute and storage requirements in a near real time manner. This not only helps save costs but also leads to better support for business units, ultimately enabling them to provide a higher level of service to their customers.
GPX: India’s first Open Cloud Exchange
A “open cloud exchange" enables enterprises to connect to multiple cloud providers with one simple port. GPX Open Cloud Exchange service enables direct, private, and secure connection to 8 CSPs hosted inside the same GPX Mumbai data center campus where the GPX Open Cloud Exchange is hosted. As part of GPX Cloud Solutions, GPX has been offering GPX Direct Cloud Connect service to enterprise customers for over four years. This service provides direct connection to 3 major CSP partners of GPX—AWS Direct Connect, Google Cloud Dedicated Interconnect and Oracle Cloud FastConnect, with their edge nodes hosted inside the GPX Mumbai data center campus.
Through a Cloud Exchange, GPX has come up with an easy and scalable way for enterprises to off-load their IT workloads to multiple CSPs. This also helps shift loads with high flexibility with scalable interconnection capacity from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps. Enterprises, hence, get a unique opportunity to easily develop public and hybrid cloud architectures that are secure, reliable, and scalable.
The Enterprise Edge Node thus becomes a vital building block for any enterprise’s IT and business strategy.