Google announced today that it is releasing Cross-Cloud Interconnect. The new service allows organizations to connect public clouds to Google Cloud and utilize the perks associated with the latter’s platform.
With the rise of hybrid working and AI, many organizations have multiple cloud environments operational simultaneously. Separate clouds may be used for different regions or as a segmentation between sales teams, finance and other departments, for example. There are many significant players in the cloud market, including Google itself, and with Cross-Cloud Interconnect, interaction with other leading cloud services should be smooth.
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Compatibility with Cross-Cloud Interconnect starts with AWS, Azure, Oracle and Alibaba. Additional support may follow if there is enthusiasm for it from end users.
Speaking to SiliconANGLE, VP and GM of networking at Google Cloud Muninder Sambi talks about the benefits of the new capabilities. “You can have your web applications in any cloud provider while also using Google Cloud Platform native services such as Spanner, Storage Buckets, BigQuery or many others.”
No new hardware is required for enterprise cloud setups. There are 10 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s variants available.
It is a well-known selling point among cloud providers to indicate that end users are not stuck with a single service. Moving to the cloud usually means making choices, from who the cloud provider will be to which services will function within such an environment. In addition, despite all sorts of privacy protections, sensitive files may not be allowed on a cloud service. Think of compliance within the banking industry or legal offices, which must be crystal clear on where their data goes.
Another benefit of multi-cloud is preventing downtime or recovery after a cyberattack. An organization avoids an unexpected halt to daily operations by having a second cloud as a backup.