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Soar into the Cloud – Achieving Elastic Connectivity with Stream

Soar into the Cloud – Achieving Elastic Connectivity with Stream
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Connecting to the cloud holds many benefits for enterprises of all sizes; from Fortune 500s to emerging technology start-ups. Whether leveraging compute and storage in the cloud or models like hybrid cloud, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Unified Communication as a Service (UCaaS), companies across America are looking to leverage the flexibility and scalability of the cloud to improve both time to market and efficiency. However, the road to establishing successful cloud connectivity can be filled with challenges for those who are new to the market. Here we examine some of these challenges and take a look at how partnering with us is your optimal solution.

When it comes to connecting to the big cloud providers, enterprises often follow a few common routes. Here are our top reasons why they are not optimal:

  1. Purchasing Their Own Circuits

IT teams with little or no previous experience in setting up connections to a cloud provider will find purchasing their own circuits a costly endeavour. Not only must they make the right choice, but they must also install and test the system successfully. If anything goes wrong, companies may find themselves investing more time and money into solving the problem. Further complicating matters, these enterprises must repeat the process for every other cloud provider they want to access. It is neither a cost-effective or efficient solution.

  1. Relying on Rigid Service Providers

Enterprises attempting to counter the problem of purchasing circuits by turning to third party service providers often get bogged down with unforeseen problems. First, many large service providers typically have physical interconnections only in the largest metropolitan areas. This forces companies to pursue colocation and cross-connect initiatives outside of the areas that offer the best economic advantages. Furthermore, large network service providers typically pass down their high overhead costs to clients, making this option even less useful. They require the establishment of physical network connections which can take months and they may force clients into long-term contracts not backed by service level agreements.  Partnering with big name service providers is also not the best option for cloud connectivity.

Benefits of a Solutions Based Partnership

At Stream, we’ve joined forces with Megaport, a leading network-as-a-service provider that offers scalable bandwidth for public and private cloud connections. Essentially, that means flexibility in location, services and cost for our customers. We know modern enterprises do not have the time or money to waste on establishing a presence in data centers in inconvenient locations. Instead, they need cross connects established quickly with readily available bandwidth. Through our partnership with Megaport, we can make this happen in three ways:

  • High speed Ethernet interface – connects to the Megaport fabric with bandwidth options between 1 Mbps to 10Gbps
  • Virtual Cross Connect – direct Ethernet connection between two Megaports allowing high-speed, private connectivity with rapid deployment times
  • MegaIX – Megaport owns and operates a 100% neutral Internet Exchange, providing connectivity to content networks and services across multiple geographies

Now, whether enterprises need to connect to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Azure, Oracle or Salesforce, access is easy from any one of our data centers in multiple convenient locations. Additionally, through Megaport’s application programming interfaces (APIs), interconnecting with other participants and reaching other data centers can happen as fast as our customers require.  

Say goodbye to expensive circuits, lengthy deployments, the headaches of system tests and the high costs of long-term contracts with rigid service providers. Choose elastic connectivity by partnering with Stream and leveraging Megaport’s software defined network (SDN) capabilities. It’s the fastest, most affordable and most reliable route to the cloud platforms that most of today’s enterprises use. For more detailed information on how our Megaport partnership works, download our white paper on the subject here.  

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About Our Contributor

Michael Lahoud

Co-Managing Partner & Chief Operating Officer
Michael drives and implements Stream’s overall business strategies and technical go-to-market offerings, with responsibility for site development, design and construction, supply chain and operations. Read More