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More network control, better business

[ Aug 9, 2018 ]

In this day and age, having a fast and reliable network is crucial for any business. Especially when dealing with a critical system where the core of the company's business relies on, you do not want to deal with weak and narrow connections. IT technologies have, and we have better and faster environment and equipment. Despite the advance in the technology, we are still experiencing network latency issues. Why is this? What is causing this? Moreover, is there a solution to it?

Hybrid era

Now our IT infrastructure is becoming highly sophisticated, private data centers, shared data centers, on-premise system, office network, public cloud, private cloud, cloud services and more. Business has to manage above mixture of solutions to conduct the business efficiently. IT department adopt many solutions to control complex environments, such as cloud management platform (CMP), software-defined network (SDN) and more and they connect to various systems, internet connection, direct cloud connection, local office connection, local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN).

So what is wrong:

In a case for business intelligence solutions often data are scattered in multiple locations, for example, ERP system hosted in a data center, BI tool hosted in a public cloud and some batch data are in office database, and connectivity from office network to each solution seems to be fast enough to carry out the work. However, users experience that system-wide all the data are not syncing accordingly or sometimes feel a bit slow to show up on BI tool.

Why it is happening:

Using multiple systems connecting through the various network means that all connections have to go through several steps before getting to a destination system. Not all network has ideal bandwidth and response time desired for the connection.

Inside a private cloud network maybe all connections between services are 1Gbps guaranteed, but when accessing outside services such as solution hosted on public cloud network connectivity can drop to less than 10Mbps and since the connection is going out to the internet bandwidth are not guaranteed it fluctuate depending on usage. This cause bottleneck in the network environment and drags the overall performance of the system.

Can be solved, Yes!:

Having near real-time data access is crucial for any business. Also, unexpected drop in network performance can cause catastrophic damage to system performance and in cases result in downtime. The unstable network connection will limit architecture of a system and cause strain in operations and results in an increase of total cost of running it. To answer to this solution, NTT Communications(Thailand) offers a direct connection to the data center and cloud connectivity solution called SD-Exchange collaborated with Megaport Inc. which liberate business from network restrictions and enhances the stability of the business.

Comparison of Access Latency from Thailand to AWS/Azure SG Region (Millisecond)

What is SD-Exchange provided by NTT Communications (Thailand):

SD-Exchange is revolutionary SDN solution which guarantees connection quality and stability with SLA. SD-Exchange is adaptable with major cloud service providers, such as Microsoft, AWS, Google, IBM, Oracle, etc. and enabled in 200 data center location worldwide. Using SD-Exchange, all connection will go through cloud service providers direct access via Megaport’s virtual cross connect, hence guaranteed connection from start to end. Also, its SDN management system allows users to change required bandwidth and connecting location on the fly.

NTT Com & Megaport Alliance within APAC

Tips: Thailand

Masatoshi Tsuboi, Executive Vice President of Sales Consulting, Product & Service, Data Center, Business Development Department of NTT Communications (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

We believe that the significant growth of Cloud-based applications and Hybrid Cloud solution among Thai enterprises will drive the increasing demand of Cloud Connectivity Service. Today, businesses are transforming digitally, and the service is definitely an alternative to help them drive their revenue growth as it offers secured and rapid deployment, cost efficiency, and most importantly, flexibility. Cloud Connectivity Service combines NTT's foremost capabilities and offers the distinct advantage to rapidly connect to the major global CSPs on the Megaport Network. With Cloud Connectivity Service, access to elastic and on-demand connections to multicloud solutions are now made simple, agile and available.

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