How interconnection is powering Asia’s businesses into the Cloud
Call it the next wave of cloud adoption. With public cloud adoption in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region expected to continue to outstrip the pace of growth in North America and Europe, businesses in the region are re-evaluating how they connect to the cloud.
Many enterprises across Asia now have a range of assets residing in a mixture of both public and private clouds. For example, research firm IDC predicted that public cloud services spending in APAC (excludes Japan) will reach US$48.5 billion in 2021, outpacing the US and Western Europe.
Traditional networks – even those primarily carrying business traffic – are increasingly taxed by heavy content and latency-sensitive applications. Video traffic, eSports/gaming, rich media and streaming music consumption, as well as an ever increasing array of mission-critical applications which are running directly from the public cloud, are increasing the demand for data centre interconnection and cloud interconnection.
With cloud adoption gathering pace across Asia, businesses are re-evaluating how they connect to private and public clouds and are increasingly turning towards Software Defined Interconnection®.
Making interconnection part of your cloud strategy
To reduce their dependency on a single cloud, a growing number of enterprises in Asia have put in place a strategy around multiple public clouds, a vast majority of which are maintaining a mix of public and private clouds.
In terms of interconnectivity, the network mix has to shift in parallel, allowing for workloads to move seamlessly between public and private cloud platforms, while creating a consistent architecture across both environments. Flexible and agile interconnections between a corporate site and the cloud or data centre can help protect businesses against service failures and outages.
The need to move traffic between data centres or public clouds is driving demand for dedicated, low-latency, high bandwidth interconnection. The shift of workloads into the public cloud havehighlighted the appeal of greater business flexibility and agility delivered as a benefit of on-demand capacity and pay-as-you-go pricing.
Business leaders are seeing opportunities to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increase the agility and scalability of their existing on-premises storage and compute by extending their data infrastructure to the public cloud.
Although one of the biggest drivers of increased bandwidth requirements is coming from the adoption of business software applications (being consumed in the public cloud) the same holds true of those applications in a private data centre.
What this means is that data centres and public clouds now need to talk to each other, so businesses need to deploy interconnection which is as flexible and agile as the dynamic digital assets they already rely on.
A new way to interconnect
Software Defined Interconnection® platforms like Console Connect are transforming how businesses connect to the cloud.
Through the platform, businesses can self-provision direct connections to leading cloud providers and data centres throughout Asia, leveraging the network infrastructure of PCCW Global; one of the region’s largest high-performance networks.
The PCCW Global network provides a direct and dedicated connection to the cloud that avoids the public internet, offering greater levels of network security and performance. The platform is available in more than 80 data centres in 12 markets across Asia, enabling users to flex bandwidth on-demand between key Asian markets in a few simple clicks.
Using Console Connect, businesses can quote, order, deliver and manage their direct network connections to leading cloud platforms, including AWS, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Tencent. The technology allows businesses to move workloads between their data centres and the cloud in near real-time – and ultimately provides business-critical connections that are simple, secure and flexible.