The Intelligent Network Delivers the Cloud

June 27, 2012 - 0 Comments

We are proud of our customers and their success in the marketplace. They are changing the way business is done by providing scalable, enterprise-grade, secure, and affordable cloud solutions. By tying together the Unified Data Center with the Cloud Intelligent Network and applying Applications and Services on top as end-to-end solutions, these cloud providers are delivering differentiated services with high-level SLAs necessary for end-users’ strategic applications. That’s what US Signal is doing for their customers.

But for some more background, last week at Structure, the conversations swirled around how to handle Big Data, the future of software-defined networking, data center compute technology, database and programming types, and open versus proprietary. Two of our CloudVerse customers, Terremark and SunGard both had strong booth presence and Terremark also had a packed presentation delivered by Jim Anthony, VP, Tier II Solution Architecture Team. Compared to last year, there was a stronger agreement that cloud providers are fully capable of providing public or virtual private cloud services with trust, scalability, and affordability, instead of companies taking on cloud internally by themselves. There are many needs for cloud services out there and that means there are opportunities to provide a differentiated service.

As such, with data usage increasing exponentially, it’s clear how important the network is for connecting the many clouds out there. Let me explain how US Signal is leveraging their expertise with an end-to-end delivery network to success in cloud.

At the core of its business, an end-to-end Cisco network to its customers has enabled US Signal to maintain a high-level of control, availability, and cost efficiencies. As a service provider with 12,000+ miles of lit fiber to business and wholesale customers in the Midwestern United States, US Signal can provide high-quality services and by doing so US Signal has gained very loyal customers. “We sign our customers over and over, and we’ve been very good ensuring they have a good experience on our networks,” says Steve Stillson, vice president, sales, western region for US Signal. But US Signal goes beyond maintaining the present and instead looks to the future. Striving to be the best provider possible, US Signal is continuously looking at ways to upgrade its infrastructure and broaden its portfolio by staying on top of technology advancements and listening closely to its customers’ needs.

Expanding beyond the delivery of internet services, US Signal has embraced the cloud model and implemented the backend technologies to adapt to today’s opportunity to manage customers’ applications and business-critical data. By offering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)–leveraging Cisco UCS servers and Nexus switches connected to customers via an optical backbone with Cisco Systems Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM)–US Signal can scale compute, networking, and storage for customers up and down easily. With the IaaS offering, US Signal is finding accelerating adoption in disaster recovery and resource bursting. Managing the full delivery, US Signal can bring its strong security and high reliability to the entire operation, allowing their customers to focus on their core business and trust US Signal to provide the backend core infrastructure.

Even with such great reception, IaaS is just the start for US Signal as a cloud provider. As US Signal rolls out new services, it’s the fully-managed network that they are basing their cloud strategy on to keep the customers satisfied. End-to-end management of its portfolio from the strong data center to the customer premise allows US Signal to compete in the world of many clouds and succeed.

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