As you may know, creating a secure, high-performance enterprise storage solution presents a number of challenges. This document is intended to introduce CIOs, CTOs, cloud strategists and business executives to Direct Link Colocation—a highly secure, highly available, low-latency solution for successful hybrid cloud deployments. The solution couples IBM Cloud enterprise-class automated cloud provisioning, management and services with Digital Realty’s unparalleled global data center footprint and expertise in data center operations for uniquely fast, secure and flexible hybrid cloud implementations. It leverages the IBM Cloud’s residency in Digital Realty properties around the world.
Digital Realty sponsored a study to explore the challenges of creating such a high-performance solution using IBM Cloud Bluemix and NetAPP Storage. The study was implemented by Krystallize Technologies. Krystallize Technologies set up three different “real world” configurations, using the architecture described in this paper, to design a dedicated, low-latency, private connection between cloud services and customer-provided network equipment, storage, and compute infrastructure that is durable and affordable.
This paper presents test results showing how a well-designed, well-executed hybrid cloud architecture performs versus one that leverages standard facilities, using connections and an architecture not optimized for application performance. The paper includes:
- Results of Performance Tests Conducted by Krystallize Technologies
- Direct Link Colocation Features and Benefits
- Reference Solution for Implementing NetApp Private Storage for IBM Cloud Colocated in a Digital Realty Data Center
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