Colt now enabling connectivity to Google Cloud


The cloud services market is continuing to play a crucial role in powering many businesses digital transformations.

What started as organisations hesitantly dipping their toes into cloud utilisation, has grown into many companies now connecting to multiple public cloud providers in order to create a more bespoke technological solution to their business problems.

Despite cloud utilisation tipping over into the mainstream, spending in the market is still expected to experience double-digit growth in 2018. According to Research and Advisory company, Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 21.4% in 2018 to total $186.4 billion, up from $153.5 billion in 2017.

This is also reflected in data centre traffic, with the Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2016-2021; highlighting that data centre based traffic is expected to nearly double by the end of the decade, growing from 11.6 zettabytes in 2017 to 20.6 zettabytes in 2021, with the cloud accounting for 95% of this traffic.

Colt is continuing to ensure that it’s in the best position to enable dedicated cloud connectivity, revealing that its supporting Google Cloud Partner Interconnect, a service from Google Cloud that allows customers to connect to the Google Cloud Platform from anywhere.

Google Cloud Partner Interconnect is a new product in the Google Cloud Interconnect family. Last September, Google announced Dedicated Interconnect, which provides higher-speed and lower cost connectivity than VPN, and has become the go-to solution to connect on-premise data centres with the cloud.

The partnership means that businesses can now work with Colt to provide connectivity from their facility to the nearest Google edge point of presence. In addition, they will also be able to select from a variety of subrate interface speeds varying from 10Mbps to 10Gbps.

Google Cloud Partner Interconnect, marks Colt’s latest partnership with the key cloud providers. This important addition, further ensures that Colt is primed to provide a reliable and secure connection to whichever provider suits your business – creating a superior cloud networking experience.

Colt also doesn’t just facilitate businesses dedicated access to the cloud, it also provides critical high bandwidth connectivity between data centres, which is going to be equally as important moving forward.

Sid Nag, research director at Gartner said: “In response to multicloud adoption trends, organisations will increasingly demand a simpler way to move workloads, applications and data across cloud providers’ Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings without penalties.”

With Colt being connected to more than 850 data centres globally, and also partnering with key cloud service providers, such as Google, it is in a prime position to assist in driving organisations digital transformation.

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