Gartner Research

How to Exploit Direct WAN Public Cloud Connectivity

Published: 01 December 2015

ID: G00294313

Analyst(s): Danellie Young , Sorell Slaymaker


Enterprise network and procurement managers have a new method of utilizing network service providers' WAN services to directly connect to public cloud service providers. If negotiated properly, this method of public cloud access can improve both application performance and network security.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Avoid MPLS Provider Lock-In by Limiting Term Commitments for Direct WAN Cloud Connectivity, and Retain a Mix of Public and Private Cloud Interconnect
  • Use the Availability of Multiple Price Models to Maximize Your Direct Connect Cloud Services Connectivity ROI
  • Structure Interconnect SLAs With Specific Thresholds for Capacity Changes, Service Availability and End-to-End Performance
  • Continuously Review Direct WAN Public Cloud Connectivity Prices

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