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Simplifying, Securing and Scaling your multi-cloud connectivity

June 14, 2024

Naresh Kumar   

Assistant Vice President for IZO Multi Cloud Connect, Tata Communications

In a landscape where cloud concentration is one of the top-five emerging risks, advanced connectivity solutions for enterprises are not just beneficial but absolutely essential. As cloud first and digital first technologies continue to evolve, they open new avenues to solve existing challenges and propel businesses towards a future where multi-cloud connectivity is the norm.

Our earlier blog uncovered the imperative to address challenges intricately woven into the digital fabric of modern businesses – from unpredictable performance to complexities of multi-cloud management. Today, innovative solutions that go beyond standard software-defined cloud interconnects (SDCI) are emerging to address the myriads of challenges. These solutions are crafted to simplify, secure, and scale multi-cloud connectivity for enterprises.

In this blog, I highlight the need for multi-cloud solutions and the many benefits you can derive from it.

The urgent need for robust multi-cloud solutions

As enterprises increasingly rely on a variety of cloud services to drive their operations, there is a need for an integrated approach, one that prevents vendor lock-in and supporting compliance. Additionally, edge compute has become paramount. This reinforced strategy ensures businesses maintain continuity and resilience, even in the face of potential disruptions in any single cloud environment. Moreover, a well-orchestrated multi-cloud strategy can provide the agility needed to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and technological advancements, thereby offering a competitive edge in the digital marketplace.

Performance and flexibility are the primary drivers for adopting a multi-cloud infrastructure by enterprises. In fact in a study published in Statista, 35% of respondents cited these factors for their immediate multi-cloud adoption, underscoring the importance of cloud strategies that not only improve resilience but also provide the agility to respond to dynamic business needs and technological changes.

Embracing a multi-cloud approach further allows organisations to selectively leverage the unique strengths and specialised capabilities of different cloud providers. This maximises performance, cost-efficiency and fosters innovation by facilitating the integration of advanced technologies across various platforms. As businesses continue to navigate the complexities of cloud integration, the importance of developing comprehensive multi-cloud strategies that prioritise flexibility, scalability, and security cannot be overstated. This strategic focus is essential for any enterprise aiming to thrive in the digital era and leverage cloud computing to its fullest potential.

Let’s look at how enterprises are scaling their business by adopting the right multi cloud framework.

Reliable and efficient multi-cloud architectures

In the same report, almost 34% of businesses highlight reliability as a crucial component of their operational strategies. Ensuring a reliable and agile connectivity involves more than merely linking various cloud services; it requires the creation of a cohesive, optimised environment capable of dynamically adapting to fluctuating data loads and computing demands. Central to this approach is the implementation of high-performance connections and strategically positioned points of presence, which are essential for ensuring consistent and predictable network behaviour. Manufacture

Zero downtime and dependable application performance

Over the last few years, about 67% of the enterprise infrastructure has shifted to cloud-based systems, reflecting significant digital transformation of business operations. This move is supported by service providers who guarantee robust, continuous operations, assuring 100% uptime on Service Level Agreements (SLAs). These providers are adept at delivering high predictability and seamless performance, which are key requirements for mission-critical applications. Service providers achieve this by positioning connection points strategically near major cloud services to minimise latency and integrating specialised WAN services. See how we improved the customer agent productivity for a leading global Contact Centre company.

This configuration reduces latency for swift data transfer and enhances the overall connectivity between various cloud platforms and users, ensuring that enterprises can rely on consistent and uninterrupted service availability.

Swift cloud connections with streamlined setup

Modern cloud connectivity solutions prioritise simplicity, enabling users to configure and establish connections within minutes via intuitive platforms. With nearly 92% of businesses embracing multi-cloud strategies, these solutions offer on-demand bandwidth and flexible billing for enhanced cost efficiency. They facilitate real-time adjustments to virtual network functions and bandwidth scaling, empowering users to adapt quickly. The ability to configure virtual network functions and scale bandwidth swiftly provides users with unparalleled control over their cloud environments.Cloud palm

End-to-end observability and cost efficiency

Advanced cloud connectivity solutions provide comprehensive insights like configuration, capacity, and performance metrics, enhanced operational efficiency, and significant cost advantages. By working with well-established managed service providers who provide cloud connectivity solutions, businesses can achieve greater observability and optimise costs. Egress costs are reduced by 25-40%, while flexible billing options, including pay-per-use models, ensure further cost efficiency. The architecture of the solution is extremely important and needs to be designed to simplify the complexity of managing connections across multiple clouds. Additionally, a daily billing model offering can also enable businesses to manage costs, provide greater control and transparency over expenditures.

Getting it right

Tata Communications IZO™ Multi Cloud Connect adopts the right multi-cloud framework, helping enterprises achieve the above-mentioned benefits. It is globally available, ensuring a robust presence in key markets and cities. The expansive reach includes financial and technological hubs, establishing Tata Communications as a reliable partner on the international stage.

The platform provided meanwhile simplifies each step – from ordering to designing in under 10 minutes to provisioning– empowering you to take charge of your connectivity needs. So, stay connected, stay secure and embrace a future where multi-cloud connectivity is not just possible but simplified, reliable and scalable.

Tata Communications continues to be recognised as a Leader in the 2024 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Global WAN Services for the 11th consecutive year.

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