Cloud connections are below ground, not in the sky

Cloud connections are below ground, not in the sky

A common misconception is that Cloud always works. However something crucial sits between your user-base and the cloud, namely: the internet connection. Organizations may come to a standstill when something happens underground, where one cannot see. This article is about how to securely consume cloud services globally. Ultimately, this is about the continuity of your business.

An example from practice

Recently a customer called upon us. An ERP system in the Cloud had been purchased for hundreds of thousands of euros, but there were still problems with global access and performance. Their request: whether we could find out what was wrong. Fortunately, we are experts in measuring and analyzing ERP performance. With our advanced performance visibility tooling, our Professional Services department was able to map out the network and application performance problems. After two days of monitoring we were able to pin-point the network problem and offer a solution.

Multi Cloud makes continuity more complex

Most organizations use multiple cloud compute and storage solutions. For example SAP or Dynamics ERP, Salesforce or HubSpot CRM systems, collaboration tools such as Microsoft Office 365 or the Google G Suite, financial cloud solutions and much more. When purchasing such Cloud services, organizations often assume that they will all just magically work. However they all rely on one critical factor: internet access lines that always work. Nowadays applications are simply delivered ‘as a service’, but without a working internet connection there is nothing. The Internet has become like water from the tap: a necessity of life. But just like the availability of water, this is not self-evident in all parts of the world.

The redundant access line as a solution

The solution to virtually guarantee worldwide access to applications is to install a second internet access line, so that the connection becomes redundant. Suppose one internet line offers a 99.5% availability, that site still has a risk of being down for 44 hours a year. Adding a redundant internet line increases site availability to 99.9975%. Measured over a full year, the site is expected to suffer from connectivity issues only for a few minutes in total. So a redundant connection dramatically increases site up-time. But before you call your current Internet Service Provider (ISP) to deliver this extra line, read on to find out how to be even smarter and, above all, safer..

Smarter and safer

As an independent party, we supply various SD-WAN solutions. A Virtual Private Network is built utilizing two or more internet lines per site. Because the internet breakout takes place via highly secured SD-WAN solutions, such as CATO Networks or Cisco, the usual DDoS attacks on ‘normal’ IP addresses are prevented. We prefer to install the second line from another internet provider than the one you already have, because if a telecom provider is down, this usually applies to all connections from this provider.

Service provider for cheaper internet lines

We see Internet-based interactions growing exponentially in various sectors. For example, in the manufacturing industry we see that Business-to-Business models are shifting to Business to Consumer. Consumers prefer to personalize their products. Manufacturers that used to work with dozens of wholesale customers, may need to start dealing with thousands or even millions of end customers! As a result, the demand for extra internet bandwidth and stable and secure connections is increasing. As no one wants to loose a customer….

If you recognize this, please contact us as we know how to provide internet lines worldwide at very attractive rates. Safe connections everywhere. Through the sky, such as 5G, and through the ground.

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