Zayo Telecom which operates 29 US based data centers in major US cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, etc., recently introduced a “Connect to the Cloud Program.” The service allows major data center operators and their clients to connect directly with the largest cloud networks such as Amazon AWS, Softlayer and Rack Space. The Connect to the Cloud Program will be offered in over 500 world wide data centers. Zayo and AWS have worked together since 2011 on direct connectivity for cloud customers and in 2013 Zayo became a certified Amazon APN Technology Partner. To get customer Zayo pricing, please click here.
Direct connections to cloud networks are not a new idea. Telx, a leading carrier neutral data center operator, has been offering AWS connections since 2012. Equinix was one of the first data centers to offer a similar service back in 2010. In the earlier days, the service was usually only available to enterprise and larger corporations. Today, direct cloud connectivity options are more abundant and readily available for all types of clientele.
Benefits of directly connecting to a Cloud Provider.
- improved performance and less latency for applications and other critical infrastructure guaranteed with Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
- more quality providers like Telx and Zayo that offer direct connections means more competition and better pricing.
- security – most of the telecoms that offer direct cloud connectivity tout that their service is more secure than the public internet.
- allows for hybrid cloud usage because legacy colocation and dedicated server clients can now directly connect to public cloud networks like Amazon, Rack Space and SoftLayer.
- some direct cloud connections will allow you to utilize your existing IP addressing range.
As the cloud hosting market continues to grow, I think you will see more and more data center providers adding direct cloud connections to their bandwidth mix. As the old saying goes….”If you can’t beat them, join them!”