Table of Contents
- Market Framework
- Maturity of Categories
- Considerations for Connecting Clouds
- Vendor Review
- Near-Term Outlook
- Key Takeaways
- About Steve Ginsberg
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)