The Benefits Of A Geographically Diverse Federated Cloud

It’s cliché to say that modern online businesses are global businesses, but it’s worth focusing attention on their global nature because it raises a number of issues. Physical limitations in the speed of data transmission can significantly hinder the provision of fast interactive services. Federated clouds, which use a geographically diverse selection of cloud vendors, can help overcome many of the limitations of geographic distance.

Centralization and Geographical Diversity

Data is central to the functioning of modern businesses, and for data to be useful, it has to be integrated. Much of the value of data depends on companies being able to to contextualize, integrate, compare, and analyze. That imposes some restrictions on data handling, particularly where centralization is concerned. The most effective big data analytics strategies depend on access to huge data lakes — it’s the mass of data that provides much of the value.

However, the centralization of data into data lakes is at odds with the desire to provide high-performance interactive services. Centralization necessarily involves degraded performance as we move away from the location of the data repository. The solution is an infrastructure model based on both localized and centralized processing and storage, and that requires infrastructure to be placed at the edges of the network, close to users.

A heterogenous network of geographically dispersed end points exchanging data with a central repository is one of the foundational cloud federation strategies, and it’s one we’re likely to see becoming more popular as companies begin to rely on applications built on top of big data lakes. The technology to tie together these heterogenous networks at the application layer is well established: RabbitMQ is a popular way to manage communications between dispersed machines and networks.

But federated clouds of this nature can be extremely complex to provision and manage at the infrastructure level — particularly when multiple cloud vendors are involved. Larger companies may have to deal with dozens of cloud vendors at the edges of their network, and because the big cloud vendors tend to stick fairly close to large urban centers, many of those edge nodes will be with smaller providers, multiplying the complexity of building a global federated cloud network.

Cloud Integration Layers Cut Through Complexity

ComputeNext’s cloud marketplace integration layer was built to mitigate the inherent complexity of deploying geographically diverse federated clouds, making it far easier to provide very fast performance to geographically distributed users. Rather than negotiating contracts with many vendors, effectively handling payment to multiple companies, getting to grips with their control interfaces, and managing the integration of their cloud networks, ComputeNext provides a single interface for deploying, managing, and paying for infrastructure from vendors across the world.

Reductions in complexity translate to reductions in cost and increases in reliability: companies are able to bring their product to market more quickly and with less management overhead. Companies who use ComputeNext’s cloud integration layer are able to build heterogeneous, geographically diverse cloud networks that provide excellent user experience more quickly and more reliably.