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The Top Three Reasons Your Connection to the Public Cloud May Be Costing You

By: Milos Marjanovic, Senior Director, Product Management

Hybrid cloud adoption has taken off. Companies have identified efficiency or compliance requirements that call for integration of on-premise or hosted deployments combined with public cloud technology to manage data and workloads.

However, even with a solid hybrid cloud strategy, many enterprises still have an opportunity to improve performance and reduce costs, especially in public cloud deployments. According to the 2018 State of the Cloud Report from Right Scale, “optimizing cloud costs” is the top initiative for 58 percent of respondents.

That’s why Zayo and Hostway have teamed up to shed some light on the top three reasons why public internet connections to the public cloud may not be optimal.

Reason #1: Higher Data Egress Fees

Cloud service providers, such as AWS, Azure, and Google, recognize that direct connections are more secure and efficient than public internet connections and therefore reward companies for using direct connections. Companies without a direct connection to their cloud service providers pay significantly more money in data egress fees. With a direct connection, such as Hostway Cloud Connect, powered by Zayo’s CloudLink, companies can reduce their data egress fees up to 3x.

Reason #2: Lower Performance

The public internet is the easiest, most available connection protocol companies can utilize to connect to their public cloud, but it is also the lowest performing. Public internet delivers higher latency times and higher data loading times since communication from many public cloud services share a common link. Slow moving applications and workloads can cost companies in the form of lost productivity, lower user satisfaction, and limited availability of key features. CloudLink eliminates the risks of slower performance and higher latency from using the public internet to access cloud workloads (via providers including Office 365, Salesforce and Google Drive) by offering speeds up to 100 Gbps over predictable network routes and an underutilized network to provide consistent performance.

Reason #3: Increased Security Risks

Finally, companies utilizing the public internet to connect to their cloud service providers are opening themselves up to the unnecessary security risks that are inherent to the public internet. Customers transferring data into and out of their public clouds over the public internet inherently have a greater risk of exposing sensitive customer and user data to DDoS attacks and other external threats. CloudLink is a direct, protected solution that mitigates the risks of the public internet ensuring that business’ critical data and workloads migrate to and from the cloud securely. Additionally, CloudLink connections meet stringent compliance standards for HIPAA and GDPR sensitive materials.

Though the use of the public internet is convenient for many situations, direct cloud connections are more reliable, more secure and perform better because the flow of data is controlled from end-to-end. Together, Zayo and Hostway provide customers with a direct and private connection to cloud service providers, to ensure traffic from a Hostway data center location does not transverse the public internet to arrive at a public cloud, ultimately resulting in a high availability, more performant customer experience.

Hybrid cloud adoption is here to stay and today’s enterprises have a plethora of public and private cloud connectivity options. By implementing direct connections, savvy enterprises are able to optimize performance, improve efficiencies, enhance security and lower costs.

Learn more about CloudLink by Zayo, which provides direct, high-performance cloud connectivity.