The shift to public cloud

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated digital transformation at an extraordinary rate and more and more businesses are adopting SaaS solution such as SalesForce, ZenDesk and Microsoft 365. At the same time, we are seeing an increase in the migration of corporate applications away from on premise infrastructures and into cost effective public cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). This new environment creates lots of data interaction between your users, wherever they are located, your public cloud platform and your hosted SaaS solution.

What’s BEC’s Take?

Problems with traditional, centralised architectures

Unacceptable Latency – long distance between users, data, applications and clouds impact latency-sensitive tasks, derail real-time innovations like IoT and data analytics

Sluggishness – new infrastructure or network capacity deployments take too long, slowing responses to fast-changing situations

Overloading – networks become overloaded, impacting user experiences and adding costs

Vulnerability – reliance on public internal to access cloud platforms creates performance issues and security concerns

51% of UK business leaders say their shift to the cloud has saved their company from collapse during the pandemic (Centrify)

A study by McKinsey & Company reported that digital transformation has expedited by seven years in a matter of months (Mckinsey)

The solution

As reliance on cloud increases, organisations need solutions that can offer optimised engagement between the apps and the corporate environment – securely. And with more remote users, there is an urgent need to invest in the right cloud technologies right now to:

• Deliver quicker and more reliable access to Cloud & SaaS Applications
• Secure access to cloud based services
• Bypass the public internet and reduce security threats and attack surface
• Drive cost optimisations of legacy networks
• Competently manage a multi cloud environment


Secure & Speedy Access to Cloud Based Services

As with any cloud application, the performance is only as good as the connection that supports it. When IT leaders rely on public internet connectivity to support cloud applications, availability and reliability can be compromised. Moving from a public internet connection to a private connection can have a profound impact on performance, ensuring user productivity.

Private direct cloud connections to Microsoft® Azure®, Amazon® Web Services, and other cloud providers as well as SaaS applications on demand can increase reliability, security, and agility when accessing cloud-based resources. Direct connections to the cloud also offer 100% availability.

Why You Need a Direct Cloud Connection

Security – Avoid the risks of the public Internet by securing your data and protecting your network from DDoS attacks

Performance – Experience lower latency, higher throughput and decreased time to get your content in and out of the Cloud.

Cost Optimisation – Decrease costs by lowering expensive data egress fees incurred because of a public internet connection.

Multiple Connectivity Options – Customize your solution with DDoS mitigation services and multiple connectivity options, connect to multiple cloud service providers using a single 100 Mb connection.

Availability – 100% service availability for cloud connections

Protect your business against cybersecurity risks

The rapid adoption of cloud-based infrastructure, combined with more remote workers accessing your network from multiple locations, means security should be top of the agenda. This can be addressed with a Cloud Access Security Broker (or CASB, pronounced “Kaz-BEE”) solution.

What is CASB?

  • Blocks users from accessing and installing unauthorised SaaS applications
  • Automates the enforcement of cybersecurity policies across multiple cloud service providers
  • Extends security policies to employee devices connecting to corporate networks and multiple cloud resources from outside a corporate office (public WiFi, mobile internet, and home broadband)