We had great time hosting a happy hour with some of our partners last Thursday night in Seattle on the topic of hybrid cloud building blocks.  We kicked off the night talking about some common questions that we hear from clients on the topic of data center transformation.  Companies want the flexibility to leverage the public cloud but also may not want to move all of their infrastructure to the public cloud.  So how should they connect their data center to the public cloud?  Will their data center provider assist them with this?  How do you move your assets to the public cloud?  Once you are connected, how do you optimize reliability and performance across the two?

Digital Fortress and tw telecom announced that Digital Fortress’s Puget Sound data centers are the first regional data centers in the world to offer their new eLynk service.  TWT’s eLynk provides dedicated  and on-demand network connections to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other on-net locations.  TWT has pre-connected to these locations so now clients hosting their data center resources with Digital Fortress can achieve on-demand AWS Direct Connect access.  This takes the average time to provision this connection from months to minutes.

CloudVelocity shared their award winning One Hybrid Cloud offering along with many case studies.  CloudVelocity offers the only fully automated solution for deploying multi-tier apps and services into the cloud without modification or virtualization. Critical authentication services (including LDAP and Active Directory) are integrated with the apps in the cloud, enabling hybrid cloud operating models and powerful new use cases, especially “pay as you go” disaster recovery and agile software development.

Look for the next cloud happy hour in a couple of months with all new discussion topics.