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Simplifying branch-to-cloud connectivity

Businesses today are under pressure to keep up with the rapidly changing digital landscape. In order to remain competitive, they need to be able to connect and serve remote and branch offices effectively. This means having a consistent network connectivity and application access at every location. For organisations that have to scale across multiple locations, this is especially important.

As more businesses move workloads to public cloud infrastructure and use more SaaS applications, they also need to be able to manage multicloud connectivity requirements. This can be complex, particularly when real-time indicators of business performance are needed. By investing in the right tools and solutions, businesses can overcome these challenges and ensure that they’re able to stay ahead of the competition.

Challenges of connecting branch offices to the multicloud

The Internet has been a boon for businesses around the world, providing an essential connection route that has become ubiquitous in today's business landscape. However, as companies increasingly rely on cloud-based applications and services, they are finding that the Internet in its current form is not always up to the task, especially when it comes to the rising popularity of multicloud adoption among businesses of all sizes.

The fact remains that the Internet, as we know it, was not designed as an industrial-grade network to handle the modern requirements of business applications. In fact, according to the World Economic Forum, the Internet's current architecture was conceived for the 1980s! This means that the Internet is ill-equipped to deal with today's high bandwidth demands and complex traffic patterns. As a result, businesses are often left frustrated by slow speeds and intermittent connectivity - both of which can have a serious impact on productivity and profitability.

This leads to a critical challenge for businesses: How can you leverage both private connectivity and public connectivity in the most reliable, secure way to connect local workloads to local branch offices where the data is produced and consumed with the right balance of business performance vs cost?

Considerations for CIOs when it comes to connecting your branch offices

A model is needed for creating enterprise-grade connectivity that improve application performance and simplify service delivery across every branch —and do it fast, by leveraging the Internet. But it’s not always easy and is not a one-size fits all.

Teams looking to solve the most pressing branch connectivity challenges should consider these questions:

1. How can I balance business performance vs cost when it comes to connecting branch offices?
2. How can I reduce the (performance) distance between where the data is produced and the place where the data is consumed to ensure the same high-quality experience across employees in branch locations and headquarters?
3. How can I leverage the ubiquity of the cloud and the global reach of the Internet to shift workloads instantly from anywhere to anywhere without compromising on reliability, security and performance?

By addressing these challenges, enterprises can ensure that their branch office employees have the same high-quality experience as those at headquarters. As a result, businesses are turning to alternate solutions – seeking a much higher level of reliability and performance.

Introducing InterCloud Edge doorway: making the Internet fit for business

If you’re looking for secure access to multiple-cloud resources over the Internet while controlling costs with a guaranteed experience, look no further.

InterCloud’s Edge Doorway is a network connectivity service exchanging encrypted traffic over the Internet between on-premise sites and the InterCloud platform that provides
1. Simple business model. A straightforward pricing: flat rate - no egress traffic, and no branch connection fees. Controlled pricing - customers do not always know how many connections they need in the beginning or how much traffic a site will have.
2. Fast and secured access. Fast connection to the InterCloud fabric, no need to setup local loops. Securely connect the branch offices to our network through internet and the customer can access all his linked cloud resources.
3. A turnkey solution. Easy to deploy. Available everywhere and anywhere with internet connection, so branches worldwide can connect to the InterCloud Fabric. A single connection that will open to the customer's multiclouds.

Jérôme Clauzade

Head of Product at InterCloud

AWS & InterCloud

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