04-06-2014, 11:07 #1
[EN] GoGrid Joins Equinix’s Cloud BazaarEquinix has landed another cloud for its cloud exchange: GoGrid, a provider of purpose-built hosted infrastructure for big data applications. GoGrid will connect its Cloud Bridge solution to the Equinix Cloud Exchange in Ashburn, Virginia, with future expansion plans in Europe.
Equinix has always placed emphasis on robust interconnection options at its data centers, and Cloud Exchange is a cloud-focused variant of that strategy. It allows seamless direct on-demand access to multiple cloud providers and networks around the globe. GoGrid’s big data cloud, called Open Data Services is a way to deploy multi-server big data clusters across virtual machines at the click of a button.
Equinix has been focused on expanding connection capabilities with cloud service providers because it makes colocating within its facilities more alluring to enterprises. Transferring and analyzing massive amounts of data securely and quickly is critical and becoming more routine for many companies. This is better done over private connections rather than over the public Internet.
It makes sense for GoGrid to join the Cloud Exchange — where it will be in the company of many other cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure — because its Open Data Services are better suited for such secure, dedicated network connections. Joining it also enhances its overall market reach. GoGrid has been a tenant in several Equinix facilities, so this is a fresh spin on an existing relationship.
“As a company that specializes in cloud infrastructure and Open Data Services, we understand the many intricacies that are incorporated into developing successful cloud strategies,” said Mark Worsey, chief operating officer at GoGrid. “The Equinix Cloud Exchange simplifies the process of establishing hybrid cloud deployments by connecting enterprises and services providers – delivering the many benefits associated with cloud environments and private access.”
The Equinix Cloud Exchange is currently available in 13 markets globally – Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., New York, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris – with plans to expand to 19 markets by the end of 2014.
04-06-2014, 11:12 #2
Do direct, private connections make the cloud more business palatable?By David Chernicoff for Five Nines: The Next Gen Datacenter | February 25, 2014
According to surveys done by various interested organizations and vendors, one of the biggest hurdles to enterprise adoption of cloud services is the public nature of the cloud. Concerns over performance, availability, and above all, security of data -- both as it is stored and as it is transmitted, -- make enterprise customers think twice before even considering cloud services as a viable alternative to traditional IT solutions.
The best known public service provider, Amazon Web Services, addresses this issue by offering Amazon Web Services Direct Connect. This service gives users a direct, private connection to an AWS Direct Connect location using standard protocols and connection options. By using VLANS, the connection can be partitioned to provide service to both Direct Connect and the public cloud based Amazon S3 space.
This doesn’t change the backend options, but simply provides a connection type that is private and meets corporate needs for availability, performance, and security.
To round out their portfolio of cloud offerings, Microsoft is now previewing their own direct connection to their Azure cloud system called Windows Azure ExpressRoute. Working with partners Level 3, Equinix, and AT&T in this initial rollout, Microsoft is offering two types of ExpressRoute connections; via their Exchange Providers and via the carrier WAN connections.
The Exchange partner connections offer fixed pricing on network speeds from dual-port 1 Gbs to 10 Gbps, while the carrier connections start out with as liitle as a 10Mbps connection at a commensurate price.
With a goal of providing a seamless and secure connection that allows businesses to extend their networks into their cloud services without the worry of using the public Internet, both Microsoft and Amazon provide a similar list of services and capabilities. Price structures are similar, as well, though the two services bill in different fashions for moving data. The Microsoft Azure service currently is offering preview promotional prices that are 50 percent of what the final pricing will be when the service goes into widespread general availability.