How Local Access Fibre is Fuelling Cloud ServicesPOSTED OCTOBER 7TH, 2011
The recent trend towards storing data in the cloud is one that all businesses should explore. Traditionally, the need to store vast amounts of data meant additional capital expenditures by adding servers and reserving enough office space to meet IT room or data centre requirements. The other option is to lease a co-location environment, a hands-off solution but also more expensive over the long run. However, the ability to store data in the cloud can reduce some of the IT capital expenditures by diminishing the need to design and manufacture in-house data storage solutions.
The challenge with cloud services is that businesses that transfer a great amount of data need networks capable of supporting this distribution. These networks have to be fast, reliable, scalable and secure. As an industry leader in cloud services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced a partnership with AboveNet, a provider of bandwidth connectivity solutions. As one of the first AWS Direct Connect Solution Providers, AboveNet will be able to provide customers with high bandwidth access as they move applications to the cloud. AWS Direct Connect will enable customers to establish connectivity between AWS and their data centres, offices, or co-location environments.
From an industry perspective this is a big step forward. One of the biggest drawbacks of storing information in the cloud was moving large amounts of data. This quote from Treb Ryan, CEO of OpSource (a cloud service provider) sums it up: “The toughest part of cloud computing is getting large amounts of data in and out of the cloud, [it] is almost impossible no matter how fast your network connection is…the fastest way to transfer 3TB to 5TB of data is still FedEx”. Dedicated fibre connections make the cloud a much more attractive business option as they substantially increase the ability to transfer large amounts of data. With its high bandwidth capability and low latency, local access fibre will be a catalyst in the growth of cloud services.