The Cloud Needs Connectivity
In many ways cloud computing has been around for a while. A lot of companies are used to using Hosted Exchange or putting their database server off site in order to access it from more than one location.
But now with the advent of more affordable and resilient virtual servers such as Fasthosts customisable VPS platform, businesses large and small can look to host more of their data and applications in the cloud, and realise all of the benefits that entails.
What needs to catch up, however, is connectivity. The more data and applications we put in the cloud, and the more we rely on it, the more important our connection to the internet becomes.
By reducing the corporate risk of hosting your own servers, and minimising the capital expenditure in purchasing hardware and the associated software licences, businesses tend to neglect improving their internet connection in an equivalent and appropriate way.
Uptime is paramount, and the more you put in the cloud, the more bandwidth you need to it. Yet most businesses rely on a single line connecting them to the internet – even if it is an expensive leased line or Ethernet circuit, it’s still one line, capable of going offline for a variety of reasons.
So when you start getting your data in the cloud, think about beefing up your internet connection as well. Increasing your bandwidth and improving resiliency needn’t be expensive. Adding additional broadband lines and bonding them together will give you stability and throughput in a scalable connection that can grow as your usage demands increase.
Upgrading to a bonded ADSL connection is a great way of giving your business the bandwidth and dynamic line failover that cloud computing needs. And with the advent of Fibre to the Cabinet, cheaper Ethernet circuits in some locations, and the continued rollout of ADSL 2+, you can mix the technologies you have access to at your premises for even greater flexibility and speed.
Taking an FTTC line and bonding it with an ADSL2+ line will give that added peace of mind, along with the additional upload and download that the latest cloud hosted apps require.
Of course, with the roll out of the BT 21st Century Network still taking years, and LLU providers only picking telephone exchanges where they can make the most money, there is still a huge proportion of the country with no firm date for improved connection speeds.
Bonding 3, 4 or more ADSL Max lines together is the only real way of getting the bandwidth you need until those other technologies become more widespread.
Cloud computing is an exciting prospect, and for businesses of all sizes it represents a real opportunity to reduce costs, reduce risk, and increase the flexibility and productivity of your workforce. Make sure you consider how important it is that your internet connection stays up, and gives you the bandwidth you need.
Written by Nic Elliott, IT Consultant for Aeon Software and Technical Director at Evolving Networks, specialists in bonded connectivity to the cloud.