What organizations should do when a cloud service shuts down?


Anthony Ho, Director, Regional Product Management, Equinix Asia-Pacific

Over the past two years, the pandemic became a reality check for many organizations to digitize their operations, with many of them moving to the cloud as a reactive solution. But as we enter the post-pandemic recovery period, businesses today are re-evaluating their cloud strategies for the next chapter of growth, and many are actually discovering the drawbacks of relying solely on siloed systems. One of these drawbacks is the dependency on one provider, which can leave organizations vulnerable when a system goes offline. We are witnessing this with the recent Google Cloud IoT Core service shutdown announcement. The service, which will be discontinued in August 2023, helped many organizations easily and securely connect, manage and ingest data from dispersed devices on a fully managed platform. But with the shutdown, organizations will now have to search for a substitution that provides similar functionality and fits their unique needs.

All this has highlighted the importance of an integrated vendor diagnostic platform for hybrid multicloud models, which allow organizations to mesh together various cloud and infrastructure strategies to meet their various needs. As the world’s infrastructure company™, Equinix is here to help organizations bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure that fuels their success. Today, more than 3,000 organizations around the world are relying on Equinix FabricTM, a software- defined interconnection service, to connect with multiple cloud providers. Organizations can navigate the cloud and hybrid multicloud strategies for operational efficiency through the seamless integration of our suite of products. For example, the integration of Network Edge and Equinix Metal™ with Equinix Fabric ensures low latency and private interconnection that brings together 10,000 counterparties and all major cloud and SaaS platforms to meet customers’ preferences. Businesses can avoid vendor lock-ins and move data and compute workloads easily between cloud and on-premises infrastructure, providing them with the flexibility to adapt when necessary. Now, as cloud adoption shows no signs of slowing down, it is critical for organizations to re-evaluate and future-proof their digital infrastructure to drive agility, flexibility, and operational efficiencies, as well as to minimize the potential impact of similar cloud service shutdowns in the future.

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