Console Connect today released an automated cloud-to-cloud connection that allows enterprises to bypass the public internet and link multiple cloud environments directly and privately.
CloudNexus’ uses “direct any-to-any connectivity,” said Micah Bartell, senior director of product management at Console. This new technology builds on the company’s earlier software-enabled platform, which allows enterprises to set up secure interconnections between any of Console’s 170 points of presence (POPs) and many cloud providers with one click.
“We virtualized the routing foundation inside our network, and that allows us to automate the Layer 3 connectivity,” Bartell said. “Cloud-to-cloud is really about enabling connection between one hyperscaler [cloud] to another so your resources are able to access each other. It enables 40 to 60 percent savings when using direct connect versus internet gateway, and also improved security and elasticity.”
CloudNexus is integrated with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect, which means businesses can directly access and connect their applications in Microsoft Azure and AWS public clouds, as well as those in private cloud or enterprise locations. Console is also in conversations with IBM and “working closely with Google to integrate with the Layer 2 edge” of IBM and Google’s clouds, Bartell said.
In addition to being carrier and cloud neutral, the platform is data center neutral, so customers aren’t locked into a single data center co-location provider. Console’s global network of data center providers makes it easier to manage and transfer data between multiple massive-scale cloud platforms,” Bartell said.
“AWS, for example, they don’t have a global network,” he said. “So if you’re in AWS East and AWS West in the U.S., for AWS in EMEA and the U.S., to have those communicate you need to bring all of this data together in a cloud-to-cloud-type connectivity solution.”
Disaster recovery in case of a server outage — like the Amazon S3 outage in February, is another use case. “The idea here is that if I can connect my AWS to Azure to Google, I can run my primary in AWS and run the same application in another cloud provider. It gives you redundancy, being able to move between cloud providers, being able to shift workloads between public clouds and private clouds.”