Interconnekt scales network services for cloud ready customers

Interconnekt has upgraded its network with Brocade to cater for its customers' "pay-as-you-grow" on-demand cloud requirements.

Interconnekt realised in order for them to rapidly and flexibly continue to service their customers in the e-commerce and real-time financial trading space during peak demands, they needed to scale their own services.

The cloud and managed services provider, alongside with sister companies ConnektNet and ConnektCloud, upgraded their network with Brocade to meet their customers' "pay-as-you-grow" on-demand cloud infrastructure requirements.

As part of integrating Brocade's VDX 6740 switches and NetIron CER 2000 routers, Interconnekt moved from having a mixture of 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 GbE end-to-end network infrastructure to a 10 GbE network.

Interconnekt managing director Jacob Kino said as bandwidth demands increase yearly, the company needed a lot more headroom for expansion, which translated into greater reliability, scalability, and flexibility.

"This is now the second generation of our infrastructure as a service or cloud platform. We've had some experience building one previously and certainly learnt some lessons from that," he said.

"One of the lessons is success can kill you more quickly than failure and you need to have the rapid scalability to respond to client demand. Often, things can go in directions you don't necessarily expect so you need flexibility in how you might go about that."

According to Kino, another benefit the company saw was being able to run on a unified fabric for both storage and network from an internal cloud perspective. This reduced the number of switches needed, resulting in cost reductions for cooling and storage space.

Additionally, the devices have enabled Interconnekt to scale for the growing demand for self-service functions from small-to-medium enterprise (SME) and mid-market customers.

"We've put a lot of time and effort to allow our customers to orchestrate the elements they want to be responsible for and the rest to be in the cloud, that's why we have offer a hybrid cloud model," Kino said.

"There are a lot of companies out there still running on-site infrastructure because they're not going to throw it all out and go to the cloud. Our offering is about providing an on-ramp to the cloud and giving them a clear road map towards it because organisations can be slow to change sometimes."

But Kino believes as budget pressures become more intense, more businesses will take up the opportunity to move to the cloud as it offers the opportunity for them to "scale up and scale down" rather than having "hardware sitting around doing nothing".

At the moment though, Kino said the confidence to leap into the cloud remains with SMEs because they often have "less to lose or less investment in legacy technology", allowing them to be more agile in responding to the changing market.

"We're actually often finding the SMEs are quicker to adopt because they see the opportunity," he said.

"But certainly we're seeing a huge amount of traction, even in the mid-enterprise market, around transferring certain workloads to the cloud."