2017 is on the horizon and with it businesses are placing digital transformation at the forefront of their corporate strategy. According to Mark Russell, president of Europe, Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), enterprises are seeking to address this by sourcing alternative cloud connectivity solutions that offer more consistent and reliable performance than the public Internet.
Data surveying 250 senior IT and business decision-makers, revealed that 71 per cent of firms either already have a strategy in place or are in the process of implementing one. Further evidence to support this comes from analyst house IDC, which also revealed that by the end of 2017, two-thirds of CEOs from Global 2000 companies would have digital transformation at the centre of their corporate strategy.
One of the chief beneficiaries from whose embracing digital transformation will undoubtedly be the cloud computing providers. Increasingly, mission critical applications such as virtual desktops and customer relationship management (CRM), are migrating to the cloud, alongside big data and Internet of Things (IoT) business processes.
While the infrastructure of the public cloud environment is in place to support firms, Russell suggests that the struggle faced in unlocking its true potential comes from the connectivity itself.
He comments: “Increasingly, companies are looking for cloud connectivity alternatives that offer greater consistency than is available over the public internet. By connecting their Cloud to their corporate private Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network using interconnection “bridges” like CLOUD X Fusion from GCX, many of these concerns can be mitigated.”
Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis Data says that the increasingly diverse nature of Aegis’ customer portfolio is driving demand for faster and more secure connectivity into key public cloud environments and its partnership with GCX significantly enables this.
Greg adds: “Connectivity is often through the public internet, which can cause performance to lag especially when you’re looking to access applications in different regions. For a number of organisations this can be hugely frustrating, especially when demands for increased speed and flexibility are only becoming more intense. This is something we have looked to address through our relationship with GCX.”
The reality is as more and more organisations start to address their digital strategy, the reliance on cloud connectivity is going to become more prevalent than ever.