Link, secure, and optimize distributed IT environments and workplaces with the Rackspace network backbone
It's fair to liken managing an enterprise IT department to conducting an orchestra.
A maestro ensures dozens of instruments with very different sounds (and most likely very different personalities playing them) meld together precisely to produce a beautiful symphony. In the same way, today's enterprise IT leader must manage a wide array of geographically dispersed on-premises and third-party IT platforms (with very different organizations providing very different layers of support for each). All these execution venues must exchange data with each other seamlessly so they can collectively deliver a cohesive service quality for internal and external consumers alike. The major difference between the conductor and the IT executive is that the latter is in concert 24/7/365.
Less than ideal
The average enterprise currently uses at least five different multi-cloud platforms. A typical mix includes on-premises private clouds, colocation, hosted private cloud, public cloud, and multiple Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings. Data stored and processed in each must flow from one to the other rapidly and securely. Over two-thirds of data traffic travels east-west between clouds, rather than north-south to the end user. This flow of information is susceptible. If an adversary can make their way into the east-west traffic, there's a good chance they could make their way easily across the network and into all of your platforms.
Under normal circumstances, enterprises struggle to optimize and protect a highly distributed network. Today, the response to the Coronavirus pandemic is taking end users away from the secured office network core and into the far-edge of their home offices. Thus, it's even more critical that east-west traffic flowing between clouds is fast and protected, no matter the location. Also, the reliance on additional cloud-based remote workplace services introduces new endpoints that enterprises are scrambling to incorporate into their networking strategies as quickly as possible.
To not only reduce the latency of data transfer to optimize performance, but also to protect the flow of this information, enterprises typically built private Wide Area Networks (WANs). The WANs spare a company's east-west traffic from riding the public Internet, which introduces performance and security risks. Traditionally, a company did this by locking itself into expensive point-to-point Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) connections with telecom carriers. They had to procure separate connections for each platform. Fortunately, new networking technology has paved the way for a significantly more cost-effective and dynamic alternative.
Enterprises can now turn to software-defined networking (SDN) platforms. These platforms have private physical links between the densest interconnectivity hotspots and popular cloud and data center service providers. After they connect to one of these networks, customers can spin up and down a multitude of virtual connections over a single physical connection. Instead of managing multiple point-to-point connections, SDN-powered platforms facilitate one-to-many connections. So only one contract is needed to bring all platforms into a unified private network. Also, unlike MPLS agreements, which require multiyear commitments, virtual cross-connections typically require commitments as short as one month.
Over the years, Rackspace has constructed a proprietary global dark fiber network backbone that's completely independent of the public Internet that links major metropolitan areas around the globe. We've also deployed routers along our backbone within all of the Rackspace data centers, as well as data centers that house the world's most robust network and cloud ecosystems. We also have extended our backbone directly into several of the top public cloud providers' on-ramps and the two leading SDN-powered interconnection platforms—Megaport and the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric—in locations around the world. We call our backbone an ecosystem of ecosystems. Not only can we spin up virtual connections across each of the endpoints we've established, but we can also spin up virtual connections across Megaport and Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric—all on the same physical connection.
Any customers who use at least one Rackspace service can harness the power of our ecosystem of ecosystems by leveraging RackConnect Global, our multi-cloud connectivity offering. Customers can take advantage of this service, whether they deploy within a Rackspace data center or a third-party cloud that Rackspace manages.
Considering the reach of our network, we can provide multiple pathways to connect your Rackspace environment to each of the third-party platforms your company uses across the world with private, low-latency virtual connections that bypass the public Internet.
When you use RackConnect Global, you're not getting isolated one-to-one connections between your Rackspace environment and each of the clouds in your portfolio. We use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to create a cohesive virtual environment that incorporates the data flow between each of your third-party environments. For instance, let's say you have a Private Cloud residing in the Rackspace Chicago data center and use RackConnect Global to spin up virtual connections to Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Northern Virginia and Alibaba Cloud in Silicon Valley. The data flowing between Chicago and the two third-party clouds rides the Rackspace backbone rather than the public Internet as does the data flowing between AWS on the east coast and Alibaba on the west coast.
If you're struggling to conduct your enterprise IT orchestra in a world where your network perimeter is expanded in unforeseen ways with multiple clouds and a distributed workforce, you have an option. Consider RackConnect Global to rapidly optimize and secure the entirety of your network core in a fully-managed fashion—a far more cost-effective solution than hiring multiple MPLS lines from the telephone company.
Use the Feedback tab to make any comments or ask questions. You can also chat now to start the conversation.