Introducing the Hybrid Data Center of the Millennia

dlrThe key to survival in a competitive business environment for the millennia is to employ cloud strategies that work.  For many of today’s companies, that means swapping out their monolithic cloud strategies for a hybrid cloud environment, which offers end users unsurpassed options that include the economical savings, scalability and responsiveness of public clouds coupled with the security, high performance and reliable infrastructure of a private cloud solution.  Utilizing hybrid models, business environments can distribute their workloads more effectively as well as bridge their legacy systems and state-of-the-art architecture in order to recognize considerable CAPEX and OPEX savings.

As Hybrid cloud continues to address the ever-changing the environment of enterprise IT architecture, it will also have a profound influence on the data center as we know it.

The hybrid data center, offers businesses a valuable location for their hybrid IT solutions by delivering connectivity to the most important cloud service providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Internet Exchanges (IXs), network service providers, company-owned data centers and office locations, and more. Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center and colocation solutions, offers customers these key data center facilities complete with a unique global portfolio of cloud-connected solutions that enable them to build, deploy and execute a successful hybrid cloud strategy.

Digital Realty’s GlobalConnect suite is designed to accelerate business growth while simplifying and streamlining hybrid cloud deployment by offering richer direct-connect options, a global data center footprint and enhanced support for hybrid data center environments.  The company’s connectivity solutions, Digital MetroConnect, Digital CloudConnect, Digital IPConnect and Digital PrivateLine, are available in over 130 data centers, delivering secure access to over 50 cloud service providers and 1,000 network service providers.  In addition, Digital Realty customers benefit from direct fiber connections to major cloud providers such as Amazon Web ServicesTM, Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer, as well as dedicated cross-connects to VMware’s vCloudAir public cloud options for infrastructure, disaster recovery and applications.

Digital Realty will be launching its new suite of global connectivity solutions for hybrid cloud and data center environments at International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2015, taking place May 10-13 in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency and Swissôtel Chicago.  ITW is the annual meeting point for the global wholesale telecommunications community, expected to converge over 6,000 delegates from 1,870+ companies representing more than 140 countries at its 2015 conference.

Discover how Digital Realty’s global connectivity solutions deliver the Right Workload, to the Right Place at the Right ValueTM by scheduling a meeting with a Digital Realty representative at ITW 2015 or stopping by the Digital Realty meeting area at the Hyatt Regency BIG Bar during the conference.

Digital Realty is also hosting The Cloud Ecosystem LIVE! Executive roundtable during ITW on Tuesday, May 12 from 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM in Alpine 2 in the Swissôtel Chicago.  Moderated by Digital Realty’s General Manager of Colocation & Connectivity John Sarkis, this exclusive executive roundtable will bring together thought leaders from across the cloud ecosystem to provide key insights into the delivery and adoption of cloud computing across various hybrid environments.  Participants will also explore how cloud adoption is changing the face of the business cycle, including driving business decisions and new revenue opportunities.  To join Digital Realty for cocktails, appetizers and great discussion at The Cloud Ecosystem LIVE! roundtable, RSVP here.

PEN 2.0: The Next Evolution of Cloud Network

By: Jon Vestal, Vice President, Product Architecture, Pacnet

Over the past 10 years, cloud development and bandwidth-hungry applications such as cloud storage operations, videoconferencing and video streaming have continued their rapid proliferation in the market, consuming capacity and leaving traditional networks struggling to keep pace. Their propagation has spurred a growing customer need for a burstable hybrid cloud solution for Disaster Recovery, Ecommerce as well as flexibility in moving workloads from one location to another.  Moreover, today’s organizations also need compute, connectivity and storage resources to be dynamically scaled up or down according to demand. They also require access to these tools and systems without time or location restrictions, while still being able to maintain the utmost security.

As a result, we launched our award-winning Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), the first pan-Asian Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) architecture to power cloud deployments in February.  The platform has proved to be a tremendous solution for our customers, enabling them to solve complex network challenges and build high-performance, cost-effective, scalable and cloud-ready networks.  Due to strong market demand, the platform was also extended into the United States in addition to deployments in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.  It is this same demand, coupled with new challenges spurred by rapid market advancement, which serve as the driving force behind Pacnet’s commitment to continued innovation.

Keeping Up with Advancing Technology

When our customers spoke, we listened – a nuance that I believe makes Pacnet unique amongst other providers.  In direct response to customer feedback and needs, we will be introducing the next evolution of the PEN platform, what we call PEN 2.0, in mid-September.

PEN 2.0 widens the scope of SDN, allowing a broader set of services in traditional network topologies to be deployed and scaled on demand.  For example, the platform allows carrier customers to create an individual network topology at a very granular level, eliminating complexity to create a clear network infrastructure.  PEN 2.0 further enables hybrid cloud deployment for our customers, facilitating connectivity from enterprise-class data centers and private clouds to any external cloud vendors and allowing customers to burst workloads from one end to another through our on-demand bandwidth.  PEN 2.0 also boasts a series of new features.

With the release of the enhanced platform, Pacnet has become the first carrier to deploy Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions in an OpenStack environment, including vFirewall and vRouter.  The integration of NFV into the OpenStack environment did not come without its challenges.  One issue faced by our development team was the inability to reuse network resources with the OpenStack networking module, Neutron.  For example, upon creating a virtual network, Neutron prevented the removal of a virtual appliance and its replacement with another virtual appliance while still leveraging the original physical infrastructure.  The issue was resolved when our developers accessed and modified the OpenStack source code to our specific needs – a key reason for Pacnet’s initial selection of OpenStack.

PEN 2.0 also features a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) that connects multiple endpoints for different application environments with varying characteristics to meet specific customer needs. The introduction of VLAN has allowed Pacnet to have a dedicated Ethernet connection directly to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment, leveraging the PEN 2.0 platform to extend these circuits anywhere across a customer’s network.

The third and final new feature of PEN 2.0 is the integration of approval chains to ensure secure access to the service platform.  The approval chain allows customers to define their own workflows for the PEN 2.0 environment through the workflow management tool.  Only a series of users or user groups who have been granted permission are allowed to approve workflow / environment modifications.

The Twin Technologies

While SDN separates network control from the physical infrastructure such as routers and switches to allow support of a network fabric across multi-vendor equipment, NFV focuses on virtualizing network components, or decoupling important network functions from physical devices.  Essentially, it is the delivery of a virtualized router within the cloud.

Together, SDN and NFV are synergistic – capable of orchestrating the delivery of a virtual appliance and the network with no human interaction as well as enabling self-provisioning end to end.  SNS Research estimates that the SDN, NFV and virtualization will account for nearly $4B in 2014 alone, growing at a CAGR of nearly 60 percent over the next six years. By 2020, SNS estimates that SDN and NFV will enable service providers to save up to $32B in annual CapEx.

Tell us your requirements and business objectives now, and let our mighty PEN help propel your business.



Please welcome iomart to Data Center Discovery!

iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) is one of the UK’s leading providers of mission-critical cloud and managed hosting services. iomart owns and manages a network of datacentres across the UK, has its own fast fibre network and offers a unique 100% uptime guarantee. It provides the physical infrastructure to support bespoke private and hybrid cloud platforms as well as the storage needs of enterprise business. iomart operates through a number of subsidiaries: iomart Hosting, Melbourne Server Hosting, RapidSwitch, Redstation, Backup Technology, Easyspace and iomartcloud.

Iomart provides a true one stop shop – from ground to cloud. The services that they offer include:

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  • Cloud Hosting
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  • Business Continuity
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