With organizations moving more applications and workloads to the cloud, SD-WAN on ramps to cloud providers have become essential. In order to provide more frictionless connections to cloud providers, Colt Technology Services has announced the launch of multi-cloud connectivity on its SD-WAN service.
As the name implies, Colt's multi-cloud connectivity allows enterprises to benefit from a single connection to multiple cloud service providers, including cloud-to-cloud connections, over Colt's Versa Networks-based SD-WAN service.
By providing the direct connections to Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, among other cloud providers, Colt's SD-WAN customers benefit from application recognition, traffic steering features and improved security, agility and latency when compared to connecting to the public internet.
Cloud connections are essential to the digital transformations that are underway by organizations of all sizes. During the coronavirus pandemic, enterprises that were already down the digital transformation pathway were to able quickly pivot when they needed to send their employees home for work.
Colt's new SD-WAN flavor is underpinned by the Colt IQ Network, which is comprised of 29,000 on-net buildings and more than 900 data centers. In addition, Colt's fiber network provides end-to-end connectivity to the various clouds.
“Enterprises are increasingly embracing hybrid and multi-cloud approaches, allowing them to deploy applications faster and run mission-critical applications on the infrastructure best suited to their business needs, as we’ve seen with the success of Google Cloud’s Anthos,” said Kevin O’Kane, managing director, partnerships at Google Cloud, in a statement. “We’re pleased that Colt will expand its capabilities to enable businesses greater connectivity across multiple cloud environments.”
According to new research from Colt, 96% of senior IT decision makers are now confident in moving critical business capabilities to the cloud. The study also found that 86% of businesses are taking a multi-cloud approach as part of the next wave of their digital transformations.
“As more and more enterprises are shifting their business-critical workloads to the cloud, and using multiple cloud environments to do so, working with a connectivity partner that can provide high-performance, rapidly scalable and highly secure cloud connectivity to one or many cloud environments has never been more important," said Colt's Peter Coppens, vice president, product portfolio, in a statement. “By using Colt’s SD WAN multi-cloud offering, enterprises can now benefit from better performance, security, scalability and efficiency by accessing all their cloud services through a streamlined infrastructure. This ensures that businesses can focus on the next phase of their growth, knowing that their operations are supported by a best-in-class network and enabled by best-in-class CSPs."
The multi-cloud connectivity option for Colt's SD-WAN service is available across Europe with more regions to follow.