Modern cloud connections will help ensure the efficiency of your company’s connectivity solutions and provide you with access to various multi-cloud solutions. This article presents the benefits that the cloud connections provided by two market leaders, Telia Carrier’s Cloud Connect and Megaport, can provide to your business.
The ability to connect to the most important cloud services is critical for any business. When these services work flawlessly, your business will be able to operate better as well. World-class cloud connections are flexible and can be deployed quickly. In addition, the process that customers use to order and modify their solutions must be as simple and easy as possible.
Cloud connections that can be deployed quickly
In the past, connecting an internal corporate network (Multiprotocol Label Switching, or MPLS) was a slow process that could even take weeks to complete. Today, you can connect your network to various cloud services, data centers, and partners in nearly real time.
“The number one benefit of modern cloud services is the speed at which they can be deployed. Previously, if you ordered a cloud connection from your company’s internal network, it would take days to deliver. However, Megaport and Cloud Connect can connect your network to the public cloud and various data centres in minutes, and any speed-related changes can be made in real time,” explains Telia specialists Tero Niemelä.
Both cloud connectivity solutions can be combined with most major international cloud services, such as AWS, Azure, GCP, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud. Megaport also provides access to Alibaba Cloud and SAP, as well as the cloud services offered by Salesforce and Nutanix Xi.
Simplifying the price comparison and purchasing process
“Back in the day, ordering a cloud connection meant calling a dealer and making a deal at the end of your call. However, today’s connectivity interfaces, such as Megaport and Cloud Connect, can be ordered directly from a self-service portal. You can place an order for your own company or for a customer who is represented by your company,” Niemelä describes.
According to Niemelä, the portal has received high praise for its flexibility and ease of use: “The self-service portal provides a transparent price list that is always updated in real time. It allows you to see what you will really pay before you order. For example, you can test the impact that the speed of your connection will have on your final price.”
“The self-service portal provides a transparent price list that is always updated in real time. For example, you can test the impact that the speed of your connection will have on your final price.”
Today, many companies want the convenience of purchasing all of their ICT solutions from the same vendor. “In addition to simplifying the process, having only one partner provides other benefits as well. For example, if you use the equipment space services provided by the Telia Helsinki Data Center as well as Telia’s data connections, you can be sure of the security and speed of your entire service solution,” Niemelä notes.
Paying for your cloud connections as you go
The needs of most companies can vary from season to season. For example, you may suddenly need a faster connection to Amazon’s or Microsoft’s cloud service for just a few days.
“Today, all modern cloud connections are billed on a pay-as-you-go basis, and you can modify your service from the same self-service portal where you ordered it from. For example, you can order more capacity for your Megaport connection for just a few hours. Once you disable this extra speed, your costs will immediately return back to normal. This is a handy option to have at hand, as you can use it to test new solutions or import any large scheduled backups to a public cloud service,” Niemelä says.
Telia Helsinki Data Center – at the core of today´s global network
According to Niemelä, modern cloud connections have revolutionised the connectivity industry in the same way as the arrival of cloud services once disrupted the traditional server sector. Cloud connectivity solutions can be used to maintain reliable connections to production departments, as a replacement for traditional business-to-business VPN connections, or accessing a subsidiary’s cloud service.
“We want to offer our customers the best access point in Finland – the Telia Helsinki Data Center. Our customers can choose between Telia Carrier’s Cloud Connect or Megaport for the most suitable solution for their needs, or they can take advantage of both world-class cloud connections at the same time,” Niemelä concludes.
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Megaport’s solution enables Telia Helsinki Data Center customers to connect to over 600 data centers, over 300 service providers, and 85 cloud regions around the world. The service is provided by the Megaport platform available in the Telia Helsinki Data Center.
Cloud Connect is based on Telia Carrier’s world-renowned backbone network. This operator-level solution provides a high level of service, and Cloud Connect can be connected to 150 access points worldwide.