Many companies have let concerns about unpredictable levels of performance, security and reliability keep them from taking advantage of low-cost, scalable and ubiquitous cloud resources for applications that really matter. The risk, thus far, simply hasn’t been worth the potential reward.
Here are some examples of how the public cloud can negatively impact business applications:
1/10th of a second or faster than the blink of an eye is the upper limit of when an end user starts to feel an application’s response is neither instantaneous nor “natural”, according to experts. In today’s decentralized, cloud-based, access-from-anywhere-and-any-device approach to application infrastructure, many things could affect the end user experience, especially when connecting over public Internet connections. Routing hops, network congestion, packet loss and other bottlenecks all can add up to a miserable user experience.
17 hours or approximately the time it takes to fly non-stop from Newark to Singapore equals the average duration of a typical denial of service attack in 2014, according to a recent report. The number of attacks and the fallout from those attacks continue to rise. Many businesses that rely on public Internet access to connect users to the cloud are weighing the benefits of cloud computing vs. the heightened risk. With the estimated cost of an hour of downtime reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, some companies are deciding to keep important applications in-house despite the rising costs associated with managing a data center.
1,052 minutes or about the time it would take to binge watch the entire “Star Wars” movies series is similar to the 90 minutes of additional downtime each month a business can expect if availability slips from 99.9% to 99.7%. Every time application data follows a path of lower reliability, like a single-threaded router, access circuit or best-effort Internet connection, the end-to-end availability of that connection is being mathematically watered down. And end users who start out on a highly available network will hit single points of failure and other less reliable hops on their way to a cloud workload.
Introducing EarthLink’s Cloud ExpressTM
Although these issues traditionally thwart a business’ ability to take advantage of the public cloud, change is happening. EarthLink MPLS customers now can access leading cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer and CloudSigma, over the same network they already trust to carry their business traffic. Cloud Express™ enables customers to engage hybrid cloud environments that feature critical applications such as payroll, collaboration and CRM. EarthLink’s Cloud Express™ provides the same levels of performance, security and reliability all the way into cloud workloads that companies currently enjoy only on their private enterprise networks.
With Cloud Express™, customers can easily build and scale their links to leading cloud service providers™ using private connectivity that helps eliminate the performance, security and reliability shortcomings of Internet-based connections.
Check out our video series below that will walk you through Cloud Express and talk about the 3 unique benefits of brining public cloud applications to your private MPLS network.
Over our next series of blog posts, we’ll look deep into Cloud ExpressTM by examining the integration capabilities with both Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.