How fast is your cloud?

In our 21st century world we expect everything to be faster, better and cheaper. We’ve become impatient. The same philosophy applies to cloud computing. But what makes a fast cloud? More importantly still, how do we ensure that we get the fastest possibly service and stay out of the slow lane?

Well, there are two factors that dictate the speed of your cloud provider. The first is how much of those shared resources are dedicated solely to you? The economics of Cloud Computing are that the smartest cloud operator will make more money if they can get everyone to use as much of their own computing and storage resources without impinging on their resources, thereby guaranteeing the fastest performance. The second factor is how do you know they have sufficient resources? Well, the short answer to that is that generally you don’t. The only way you’ll ever be able to establish any satisfactory level of confidence in a cloud provider’s ability to deliver a fast service is to look for a sensible service level agreement and a proven track record in serving the right kind of customers.

Whilst most operators should be able to control contention, the second, and generally less controllable factor for many providers, is the network that your cloud computing uses and the network you use to get to your computing and storage.  Network and general traffic transfer can also be source of hidden cost, so getting a reliable and predictable connection is crucial to a cost- effective and speedy solution.

The internet is increasingly becoming a fairly predictable ‘super highway’ so long as you’re on the right road, and that road is the highway, not a side road, so it’s vitally important to check your provider’s connectivity credentials. Some do offer direct access, but most cloud providers don’t have their own network, so they’ll either try to play down its significance, or charge you extra every time you want to make a direct connection. It should be remembered that they’re getting charged by their network provider, so they’ll be looking for ways to pass that cost on.

A better option for users looking for a scalable and high capacity cloud service are those providers who are able to carry more traffic across the network they control and who preferably use technologies like MPLS to secure traffic. This will ensure private cloud security, but with public cloud convenience. In simple terms if they have a big expansive network with big connectivity to the major content providers, not only is your cloud computing experience predictable, in the case of public solutions your customer experience will be that much better.

Interoute has a track record of supporting enterprises with over a million connected users reliant on critical services. Interoute’s VDC is a combination of Interoute’s own Fibre Optic, Ultra Low latency network (as used by algorithmic trading houses where a few milliseconds advantage can make millions when shares are traded). With over 250 interconnected partners globally, operating in over 80 countries, VDC is as close to your business as it needs to be.  So, if you’re looking for a cloud that’s built for speed, then start with the fastest network. VDC the Cloud starts here.

Interoute are a Gold sponsor at Whitehall Media’s Enterprise Cloud Computing & Virtualisation 2013 on 7th March at Hotel Russell, London.