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Use Gartner's Connectivity Strategy to Optimize Cloud Performance and Cost

Published: 16 August 2017

ID: G00337244

Analyst(s): Bob Gill , Ross Winser , Danellie Young


Infrastructure and operations leaders often fail to select the best match between WAN connectivity and public cloud services, causing poor performance at scale. This research guides clients in selecting the optimal match for their needs, based on key performance, cost and connectivity requirements.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Cloud Ecosystem
  • Performance and SLAs
  • High Availability
  • Initial Provisioning Time
  • Security
  • Initial Setup Costs


  • Option No. 1: If Requirements Are Modest or You Plan to Use Only One Cloud Provider, Choose Individual Internet Connections
  • Option No. 2: If Simplicity and Optimum Service Consistency Are Key Requirements, Choose Carrier-Based WAN-to-Cloud Connectivity
  • Option No. 3: To Optimize Agility, Use Evolving Software-Defined Interconnection Platforms
  • Option Four: If Superior Flexibility Is the Primary Requirement, Choose a Hub-Based Architecture

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