Analyst firm warns users of looming hybrid cloud performance issues

Analyst firm warns users of looming hybrid cloud performance issues

By NGD 12 | January | 2018

As more organisations move towards hybrid cloud models Quocirca says choosing a fit for purpose colocation facility is vital

Cardiff Capital Region: 11 January 2018 - A new report by analyst firm Quocirca has warned users about potential poor application performance and security issues when rolling out hybrid cloud models.

Published today it says users most at risk are those relying on the public internet for enabling the essential wide area (WAN) connectivity between their private, public and legacy environments. At the same time Quocirca suggests use of dedicated WAN links will prove cost prohibitive for many users.

These concerns are highlighted in a hybrid cloud study published by Quocirca on behalf of UK data centre operator NGD. It discusses the benefits and potential pitfalls of hybrid cloud implementations and the role and importance of colocation data centre partners in delivering optimum performance.

Using the recently launched Microsoft Azure Stack solution as an example, the report advises locating it in a colocation facility rather than in house for minimising latency when connecting to Azure public cloud services. It emphasises the need for sufficiently dense power availability and direct gateway connections into Microsoft’s dedicated ExpressRoute WAN. However, it warns there are currently very few data centres with such capabilities and potentially exposes users to colocation data centres that are purely points of presence (PoP) along the ExpressRoute.

“In many cases end customers will have to strike a deal with these PoP providers who will provide dedicated connections using quality of service technologies to connect into the end customer’s facility,” said Clive Longbottom, Quocirca’s Principal Research Analyst. “So there is still the issue of the last link between data centres that must be monitored and managed outside of the Microsoft environment.”

Added Longbottom: “Such complexity is hard to avoid but can lead to problems for those aiming for a seamless logical hybrid cloud platform.  The obvious solution is to find a colocation provider who is also an ExpressRoute termination point. Here, the end customer takes space within the colocation facility and places their Azure Stack equipment within it.  Using intra-facility connectivity speeds, they then connect through to the ExpressRoute environment, giving an Azure Stack/Azure Public Cloud experience that is essentially one consistently performing platform.”

Simon Bearne, Commercial Director at NGD commented: “Relying on a hotchpotch of wide area network connections could be the downfall of any hybrid cloud implementation. Choosing a fit for purpose colocation facility will ensure user organisations enjoy a seamless, reliable fully-functional experience. For maximum flexibility, look for colocation providers which offer direct connectivity into the main public clouds and have dedicated high performance networks underpinning connectivity between their own and other facilities.”

The full report is available to download free from NGD here