Cloud Service Providers: Giving small companies the technology of a giant
Dec 7, 2010
I’ve mentioned before that there are different types
of production data centers. Cloud service providers are production networks
which contain public and private content.
These are the newest type of production data center. They are different in that you have to pay to
put things into them (as opposed to paying to get things out). Cloud providers give you the same type of
dynamic data center scaling capability as the largest content companies in the
world. Your content is virtualized and
moved around in a “cloud.” Unlike other types of Content Data Centers, these
will provide Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for your content. They have
additional requirements for traffic separation and security that the public
content providers do not offer. That is
because they need to keep your content separate from everyone else’s.
Cloud providers offer a large range of
services. They are known as the ‘aaS’
services, e.g. Platform, Infrastructure, Software – PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, etc. You choose the type of service you want, and
they provide it—for a price. Internet
Initiative Japan is an example of a service provider who offers both private
and public cloud services.
MPLS is popular with this type of production network. It offers L2 scaling across multiple data
centers (for virtualization) as well as secure access and traffic separation
for security purposes.
Again, I’ll reiterate there is no “one size fits all”
data center product set, but the important thing to note is that the
architecture of the data center must evolve and scale to meet end-user demand.