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Connecting Clouds v1.0

Summary

In 2019, enterprises and other organizations are increasingly using cloud, multi-cloud, and hybrid cloud architectures as well as increasing their reliance on Cloud/SaaS applications. The expansion of cloud footprints and greater use of cloud services brings about new challenges and opportunities. On the horizon, many organizations will be connecting to edge-located clouds and will want to make those connections dynamically and efficiently.

Knowledgeable IT leaders can build an effective program by meeting these changes with a networking effort focused on appropriate architecture that improves performance, flexibility, resilience, and cost-optimization utilizing options for direct connection, remote peering, and cloud exchanges.

In this report, we find that organizations can meet these challenges today by understanding the following:

  • Drivers for optimizing cloud, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud connections
  • Direct connection options to the major cloud providers
  • Connection partner options including peering exchanges
  • Cloud exchanges
  • Options for optimizing SaaS connections to major SaaS providers (Salesforce, Google Apps, Microsoft 365, and others)

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