All paths to the Cloud are not the same
Posted on December 14, 2017
Having access to a dam full of water isn’t much good if you can only access it through a straw. The same applies to data, with every good cloud service only as strong as the pathway a business has to access it.
Thankfully, there are different ways organisations can tap into their data on cloud services, but which method is right for you?
The most commonly accessed pathway to the cloud is your Internet connection. The performance of your cloud applications will depend on the speed and quality of your connection, as applications and backup protocols can use large volumes of bandwidth.
But this is largely dependent on what you are accessing in the cloud as well. Any more than two applications is likely to impact your bandwidth, meaning a high quality internet connection is required.
If you are storing a large volume of images, video and sound files in the cloud, bandwidth is likely to be chewed up fast, so it’s recommended that you have a strong connection in this instance as well. But if you are only storing text files and documents, the impact on your bandwidth would be negligible.
Once you have decided on your pathway, setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is desirable for organisations that want to host sensitive information.
Actioning VPN access means that anyone in your organisation can access the data remotely, but they will need permission to access the actual VPN network. This eliminates security concerns that can be raised by cyber criminals accessing Wi-Fi hotspots and other backdoor methods to access networks.
Software driven VPNs do start to hit limitations when high volumes and heavy application usage can push past the capability of the VPN platform.
For a more predictable and reliable method, the best way for businesses to engage with a cloud provider is to use a direct ethernet connection. This provides a stable, secure and fast connection to your provider, rather than using the public internet.
A major benefit here is that your data is not exposed to the public internet and you can rely upon SLAs by your provider. Routing is direct, and latency can be drastically reduced. What benefit is a Cloud provider's SLA when you can't access the performance they promise.
Vocus Cloud Connect
This Vocus service gives you dedicated, secure, high performance connectivity via our own operated and managed network, directly to AWS, IBM Softlayer and Microsoft Azure. The Vocus national network means a direct connection can deliver your organisation up to 10Gbps directly into your preferred cloud provider.
Vocus Cloud Connect is a safe platform that employs enterprise-grade security, as well as industry-leading service level agreements.
There are pros and cons for internet, direct and VPN connections to the cloud, with different pathways suited to different business needs. For more information on the best pathway to cloud services for your business, contact us on 1800 030 057 today.