Data centre provider TelecityGroup has expanded its cloud offering with the introduction of a new cloud ecosystem.
Called Cloud-IX, the new product will see customers in the firm's European data centres gaining direct connectivity to an array of cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Fujitsu and Outsourcery.
TelecityGroup intends Cloud-IX to make setting up hybrid cloud solutions - with some physical platforms based in the data centre and the rest taking place within external cloud providers - easier by offering direct connections to providers. It said this should reduce network costs and allow for more reliable and stable connections.
Potential advantages of such a set-up include control over data sovereignty - an issue becoming more important as cloud providers suffer at the hands of suspicious customers, more inquisitive governments and tightening data laws.
The firm's UK managing director, Rob Coupland, told V3 he believes that even customers firmly planted in physical data centres will be able to find a use for Cloud-IX.
"From an enterprise perspective, the world is changing very rapidly," he explained. "Yes, people have physical environments they've put a lot of investment in - they need to support those and will play a key part in their service provision over the next few years - but they also need to start to hook into the flexibility of being able to complement that with cloud services."
He added that the scalability and short-term capabilities of external cloud providers are part of Cloud-IX's value proposition. "Sometimes that's dealing with peaks in demand, sometimes it's for dealing with things that are very sporadic applications where you'll need a lot of computing power in a very short space of time," he said.
Cloud-IX will begin to roll out to TelecityGroup's European data centres "soon", according to the firm.
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