Introduction to the Open Cloud Exchange

Updated by Billy Yang

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The Open Cloud Exchange® provides enterprise-class connectivity services enabling modern, agile, multi-cloud and networking solutions. With rapid, automated service provisioning for cloud-adjacent and data center connectivity, the Open Cloud Exchange takes complexity out of diverse hybrid cloud and site-to-site interconnection. The results are accelerated modernization, expanded market reach, increased agility and reduced total cost of operation (TCO).

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The Open Cloud Exchange is built for ease-of-use and real-time control. Customers can rapidly provision direct cloud interconnection and site-to-site connectivity services. Through the OCX in a CoreSite data center, enterprises, networks, IT services and cloud providers can do business “virtually” everywhere.

What is the Open Cloud Exchange?

The Open Cloud Exchange is a software-defined solution built to simplify multicloud and hybrid IT management by virtualizing critical network services. The OCX was originally designed to provide direct connection into the leading, then many, CSPs. Through a cross connect in a CoreSite data center, our customers were (and are able) to take advantage of cloud services without traversing the public Internet. CSPs benefit by not being burdened with managing connectivity for each enterprise.

Of course, we integrated more features as distributed networking became more widespread and more complex. Today, through a single pane of glass, you can connect rapidly and easily interconnect your IT infrastructure to cloud service providers (CSPs), managed IT (SaaS) service providers, network carriers and business partners – in short, your digital ecosystem.

Why join the Open Cloud Exchange?

Enterprises now run hybrid, multisite and/or multicloud environments – 45% of organizations are using two to three cloud infrastructure providers. Reducing complexity is a top priority. For this and other reasons, enterprises turn to colocation, interconnection and the OCX:

  • Colocation provides a secure, resilient and scalable compute/storage environment complementing on-premises and public cloud and eliminates legacy data center build outs.
  • Interconnection provides low-latency traffic/data exchange among connected parties. Perhaps more importantly, the OCX helps you to “right-size” broadband relevant to use cases and dynamically adjust broadband capacity.
  • The OCX provides enterprise-class connectivity services and automation within the data center. You only need to provide basic information to stand up end-to-end connections, which means you can handle a great deal of networking tasks with in-house resources.

How does the OCX support infrastructure and operational goals?

Connectivity has bubbled up to the top of decision criteria. Why? Because the right connectivity choices support your cost, security, performance and scalability objectives. But colocation and connectivity services providers are not created equal, so be sure to understand each provider’s offerings and how they fit with your hybrid cloud strategy, objectives and budget. 

By partnering with CoreSite and joining the OCX, you can:

  • Scale and deploy new applications across multiple U.S. markets using inter-market connectivity
  • Improve network performance and security with guaranteed private network isolation, throughput and lower latency compared to public internet connections
  • Increase speed to market and gain greater control and optionality
  • Recoup cloud egress fees and redirect funds and internal resources to other business priorities

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