Four Questions for a Potential Cloud Partner
Operators’ needs in the cloud data center are constantly
evolving. They spend a lot of time articulating what they want, evaluating
partners and managing build cycles. But as busy people, where do you start, and
how do you know you’re asking the right questions? Here are four to ask when
talking with a potential manufacturing partner in the cloud infrastructure
Do their products scale?
Cloud data centers are incredibly elastic. Deploying
new services, complying with evolving
security requirements, and adding or removing capacity for customers are
just some of the examples partners must face on a daily basis. Scaling up and
down to meet these computing needs on weeks’ or even days’ notice is the norm. This
requires infrastructure solutions that are flexible and can scale with the
needs of the network.
Is their manufacturing capability up to the
For capacity, redundancy and latency purposes, cloud data
center footprints are often spread over several sites across several geographic
regions. Additionally, their volume needs are unpredictable and can overwhelm manufacturing capacity. This
requires infrastructure manufacturer partners that:
- Have adequate capacity to meet the customer’s
- Have in-region manufacturing to be closer to
their customers, reducing the order-to-deliver lifecycle.
Can the company support my service needs?
The highly elastic nature of cloud data centers
lends itself to working with infrastructure manufacturers who offer the best
customer service. The notion of an
“exceptional, out-of-the-box experience” is the market expectation. Define
exactly what your service needs are to evaluate potential partners against
Are they looking beyond where the market is
today, and will they be able to help me navigate network evolution?
The pace of change in cloud data center infrastructure
today is unprecedented. Backbone speeds have quickly accelerated to 100GbE and will go to 400GbE as soon as
it’s commercially available. Your
partners should not only be monitoring this acceleration, but also be able to
clearly articulate their roadmaps and how they will enable your infrastructure
to evolve with their solutions.
different cloud operators have different criteria unique to their business.
They also use different evaluation criteria to select manufacturing partners.
In your experience, what capabilities are most important when choosing
manufacturing partners in the cloud infrastructure space? Let us know in the
About the Author
Anthony Haupt is responsible for data center market development for CommScope, particularly in cloud service provider and cloud-based enterprise accounts. Haupt has a decade of experience in sales and strategic development. He holds a B.A in International Business Management and Spanish from Augsburg College, and an MBA from the University of Denver.