How to Connect to the Cloud

A simple broadband connection to the internet remains one of the most common ways to access cloud networks and services. But as these services and architectures evolve, so do the ways companies can connect.

Today we're sharing our guide to connecting to cloud services from our Cloud and WAN Infrastructure service. (For more on cloud service providers and related geography, jump over to our interactive Cloud Infrastructure Map.)

2Africa and PLCN Make Headlines

It's a tale of two submarine cables. Both are huge, headline-grabbing projects, but they're having very different moments in the spotlight this month.

What to Know About Connecting to Your IaaS Provider

Around three in four enterprises that responded to our latest WAN Manager Survey reported having more than one infrastructure as a service (IaaS) partner. Azure and AWS were easily the most frequently cited by participants; 60% were using one or both of these providers.

With this in mind, how are enterprises connecting to their IaaS providers and why would you select one method over another? And what's the global geographic distribution of cloud providers looking like these days?

SD-WAN Through an Expense Management Lens

With the rising adoption of cloud services, IT leaders are evolving their networks to address new requirements and realize cost savings. 

This is what we'll be covering when we join the experts at Calero MDSL for a webinar on August 5. (And you know we'll be bringing our latest SD-WAN pricing data.)

The Companies Competing to Break One of Africa’s Last Mobile Monopolies

After years of speculation that market liberalization was coming in Ethiopia, in May 2020 authorities kick-started the long-awaited licensing process. The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) issued a request for expressions of interest (EoI) for two new telecom licenses.

With the deadline now passed, we look at the bidders vying to disrupt one of Africa’s last mobile monopolies.

The WAN and Working From Home

For several months now, much of the world has transitioned to remote work.

Where possible, knowledge workers have set up shop in home offices or kitchens or bedrooms, logging into virtual private networks and leaning on cloud services to keep business running uninterrupted.

Telia and Turkcell Part Company

Sweden’s Telia Company is one step closer to concentrating operations on its core Scandinavia and Baltic units. A recent agreement cemented the plan to offload its stake in Turkcell.

A Changing WAN, Benchmarked

"In previous iterations of the WAN, you might have seen one large MPLS cloud, but with core sites having a larger MPLS port than edge sites. Now we're seeing a lot more technology differentiation between core versus middle tier versus edge sites." 

A self-proclaimed "data guy," TeleGeography Senior Analyst and Data Science Manager Mike Bisaha has spent years building tools to help IT managers better understand the performance, design, and cost of their networks.

And he's learned a lot about what the modern WAN looks like in the process. 

Behind the Map: Making a Cable Map While Quarantined

Early in the calendar year is map design season around TeleGeography. Colorful proofs arrive at the office, which the design team pores over, so as not to miss any details. No cable left behind. No design flourish left unexamined.

So when the DC office packed up and transitioned to remote work in March 2020, we were left to wonder: how were we going to finish our cable map from within quarantine?

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sourcing Internet

The first challenge in sourcing internet is deciding what you need. It's finding a balance between cost and performance that's so important. Because in an internet world you're going to have a lot more choice than in an MPLS world.

This advice comes from Globalinternet Chief Portfolio Officer Mike Lloyd.