The topic of interconnection with the cloud had several interesting items yesterday:
Yesterday, IIX's new subsidiary Console took the wraps off its Connect platform and took aim at the problem of automation for enterprise cloud connectivity. The list of partners they are starting off with is quite interesting and diverse, including vendors like BTI Systems, network service providers like Zayo, SummitIG, VeloCloud, Online Tech, One Source Networks, Metro Optic, and iTel, data center operators like 910Telecom, Netelligent, Rack59, ScaleMatrix, and T5, and clouds like that of Microsoft's Azure. Console offers an SaaS platform that aims to take all the hard work out of enterprise-cloud connectivity.
Speaking of Zayo and enterprise/cloud connectivity, Zayo announced some more specific news of its own on that front this morning. They have teamed up with Salesforce to offer enterprises direct connectivity into Salesforce's cloud. Zayo is already quite familiar with it of course, as Salesforce has always been a key part of its own backoffice infrastructure.
And Level 3 has improved on its connectivity options for the Google Cloud. The company's CDN is now available through Googles CDN Interconnect service, which means that applications in the Google Cloud will be able to leverage it to deliver traffic worldwide. Level 3 has, of course, long provided a direct connectivity option for Google's cloud platform as well.