Connectivity in the Cloud

There are many differing opinions out there as to what The Cloud is and does. Every person seems to have a different idea or thought on what a more centralized computing solution with decentralized access can deliver to businesses. The one thing that seems to be looked over is connectivity.

Connectivity has been an integral part in the growth of the Internet and software capabilities. Although the expanded connectivity options enable companies to deliver a more engaging user experience in their products and services, there is always a give and take. Connectivity and services play this leapfrog game just like computing devices and software do. Three years ago, companies were purchasing ten or twenty megabit connections that, in their minds, they would never utilize fully. Now you can go out and get a fifty megabit connection from your local cable provider, and that now seems to be more than what is really usable. I would bet that in a few years, that fifty megabit connection is viewed as inadequate.

Now with the large push to “The Cloud” (upcoming blog regarding that), companies are yet again in the position of evaluating their connectivity. The catch this time around is that as they look to move desktops to the cloud, they will begin affecting more users without a properly sized connection. Causing slowness in a user’s work because you don’t have enough bandwidth is typically not an excuse that goes over very well.

Another aspect that companies don’t typically put a lot of thought into is what to do when your primary connection goes down. How do you keep your most expensive operational cost productive during that time? One way is to design and develop a quick failover or redundant connection. This connection may not get you the full amount of bandwidth that your primary has, but if you’re just reducing productivity versus completely halting it, I would always take the first option. These types of connections can normally be done fairly easily. They just require a little investment on the front end.

At the end of the day, connectivity is king when it comes to user experience and the cloud. You can throw all types of resources at your cloud solution, but without a solid connection plan, it’s going to be painful. We saw this when VoIP first came onto the scene, and we are going to see it again with the cloud push.