20 Mar 2019

Cultivating Your Digital Ecosystem: How Interconnection Bolsters Data Center Capabilities

The data center landscape is buzzing with ways to manage burgeoning demands from end users. First, traditional IT was disrupted by mass adoption of cloud solutions and enablers (in a 2018 survey, 51 percent of global enterprises indicated they leverage hybrid cloud solutions to manage their IT environment). Now the edge is the new frontier. With distributed infrastructure helping to leverage cloud solutions and the edge, companies gain benefits such as reduced latency and increased security. Add in the Internet of Thing’s (IoT) push for more data processing at even faster speeds from all sorts of locations (near and far) and it’s clear: in this day and age, more is more. The future of the digital world is shaping up to look like a mass of IT clouds with data management and analysis happening at the edge of the network. This means that the traditional stand-alone, isolated data center will no longer adequately serve the needs of the enterprise. To keep pace with and express the benefits of both the edge and the cloud, businesses will need to go beyond the four walls of their data centers and plug into a more interconnected, distributed network.

So what exactly is network interconnection? Network interconnection is defined by providing connections between different processing elements or nodes on a network, typically connected by switching elements. In essence, interconnection services allow for distributed capabilities over a secure, low-latency, high-resiliency and cost-effective network that businesses can manage and extend to carry data traffic across their entire footprint. Interconnection services enable private connections to and among partners and customers. This includes fast, direct and secure access to software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers outside your business’s direct vicinity and more.

Benefits of network interconnection

The most powerful aspect of an interconnection strategy is its ability to integrate an array of applications, data types, and sources by connecting a range of facilities, platforms and cloud solutions over a distributed footprint that goes wherever the enterprise does. In a world more reliant on hybrid clouds, the ability to delicately balance performance, cost, workloads and more is paramount. For instance, in a January 2019 survey, nearly 70 percent of enterprise respondents noted that managing multiple clouds was either somewhat of a challenge or a significant risk of cloud adoption. With an interconnection solution, leveraging hybrid or multi-clouds becomes more efficient, providing a framework that keeps businesses agile. By establishing the three main components of interconnection to the cloud (a private network, private gateway and private interface), businesses can have more freedom to cost-effectively create and manage an overlay network that is separate from the underlying hardware. Plus, enterprises can create border gateway protocols (BGP) peering between multiple networks, allowing for seamless connectivity across the entire enterprise footprint.

Interconnection also provides unparalleled speed, resiliency, and cost per bit. This is achieved by leveraging Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM). DWDM is a technology that allows fiber to be split into a multitude of wavelengths, allowing data on multiple optical carrier signals to be transferred between sites simultaneously.

Network interconnection implementation

While the benefits of the interconnected network are vast, implementing this new strategy can seem complex. Luckily, MOD Mission Critical serves as a trusted interconnection partner, empowering businesses via a single master service agreement that instantly allows the many-to-many connections, transporting critical applications and data anywhere in the world at wholesale rates. MOD provides a one-stop-shop for access to over 100,000 network Points of Presence (PoPs), products from over 800 suppliers and connections to 400 carriers in 200 data centers and deep experience from deploying networks across over 80 countries.

Whether it’s multinational, long-haul or metro transport, MOD’s expert wide area networking (WAN) services deliver best-of-breed solutions that support any and all critical business needs. Meanwhile, MOD’s cost-effective, high-capacity DWDM service is ideal for overcoming access or capacity constraints. Additionally, MOD offers the true 10Gbps bandwidth over long haul and 10Gbps speeds between PoPs with proactive monitoring to ensure the utmost security to every point and across the globe.

Of course, with MOD, all of the perks of interconnection are enhanced by boutique level care, fully managed services and bespoke solutions that allow enterprises to further customize their network. As demands are stretched and business footprints grow to accommodate more, interconnection is the most promising way to empower digital business and support growth. Going beyond the walls of a stand-alone data center can be daunting at first, but it’s a critical move for any business wanting to maintain a competitive edge. With MOD though, the guesswork is gone. By maintaining fully-managed, industry-leading service, a customer-first design approach and a real human touch, MOD makes it easier than ever to support demands from the edge to the cloud.

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20 Feb 2019

Keeping Your Edge: The Benefits of Distributed Infrastructure and IoT

Ask any data center professional what the biggest trends are in the industry and their answer will certainly include two words: the edge. Behind the scenes of this massive push for edge computing is the Internet of Things, a network of devices and sensors spanning a multitude of items, including everything from cars to washing machines. In fact, forecasts currently note that in just five years the number of connected devices will rise to an astounding total of 25 billion with 50 billion installed or embedded sensors. Additionally, statistics show a predicted increase in edge computing market revenues from 1.47 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 to 6.72 billion by the year 2022.

While individual definitions of the edge may differ depending on the source, the edge is generally recognized as a computing architecture where computation is performed on distributed device nodes, where the data is being generated, instead of in a centralized data center environment. It’s true that many of today’s software applications build the software layer either in major data centers or public clouds, however, they still need to control the path of the packet so it can be delivered as close to the consumer as possible. This is why some businesses may adopt a hybrid model. Why the widespread and fervent adoption of the edge, though?

Widespread adoption of the edge

In essence, the edge enables data, applications, information processing, and computing power to move out of denser urban data center hubs like Silicon Valley or Northern Virginia and into secondary and underserved tertiary markets. While popular data center sites aren’t going anywhere any time soon, and in fact are often critical players in hosting the service layer for IoT, developers are focusing efforts on remaining closer to the end user. This promotes a host of operational and service benefits. Some of the most notable benefits are a boost in network performance and a critical reduction in latency. Looking at the numbers and the benefits, IoT and the edge promise to be the biggest revolution in the topography and function of the data center industry in the decades to come.

Migrating to the edge

To help clients fully express the benefits of the edge and in turn allow the end-user to benefit from edge computing, MOD Mission Critical makes flexibility a priority, ensuring businesses have what they need wherever they are. As needs for colocation and cloud services grow from the edge trend, international Managed Service Provider (MSP) MOD takes a truly customer-centric approach with specialized, customized, boutique-level services to allow for flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness when provisioning any service a client may need.

When migrating to the edge, MOD knows that the needs of businesses will undoubtedly include a few things: high bandwidth connectivity, a private network fabric, software-defined networking, connectivity to cloud providers and local support.

Bandwidth

To start, edge computing workloads are notoriously demanding with intense throughput of data. As such, data centers need high-bandwidth, around 100Gbps, the likes of which often cannot be achieved on business premises. Enterprises will also need a private network fabric with global reach, allowing for private connectivity from every data center to multiple Internet Exchanges to provide a multitude of connectivity options to hundreds of providers to ease this bandwidth strain.

SD-WAN

Along the same lines, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) will be highly beneficial for the edge. With so many applications and devices operating at the edge, a centrally-managed network will prove necessary. Here, MOD’s network monitoring becomes highly valuable, helping businesses to have visibility across the entire network to fix bottlenecks and address bandwidth-related issues. All of this will enable access to services and capabilities at a speed that matches that of today’s digital world.

Connectivity

Cloud provider connectivity is the next necessity for multi-tenant data centers. As edge computing and cloud computing go hand-in-hand, having direct, private connections to all major cloud providers and support of both hybrid and multi-cloud configurations will allow businesses to accommodate the storage and processing needs at the edge.

Local Support

Finally, local support is key. While juggling all these balls in the air, it helps to have reliable professionals at your side every step of the way to procure and manage all your best-in-breed services. MOD’s full set of managed services, including dedicated and virtual hosting, managed colocation and managed hardware, reduce the pressure to find and develop your own networking experts.

Any major change to business operations is daunting, but MOD is here to help. MOD’s services take the laundry list of edge requirements and work to alleviate the burden, empowering businesses to leverage the edge with high-capacity, private and expertly managed connectivity with global reach to as many Internet Exchanges and providers as possible. MOD provides solutions that seamlessly operate at the levels of speed and agility that customers need, with Colo by the ‘U’ services ensuring that businesses can achieve flexible, scalable and cost-effective solutions for growing cloud and colocation demands. Additionally, customers employing MOD’s services can take full advantage of strategically located data centers throughout underserved markets in the U.S. and Canada and a growing list of points of presence (PoPs). Just give us a call or send us a message!

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