Why Best-In-Class Cloud Services Have Multiple Data Centers Worldwide

The cloud is a nebulous concept to most people, including IT professionals. It’s everywhere and nowhere — customers generally have no knowledge of or control over the location of the IT infrastructure that enables cloud services. Nevertheless, the physical location of cloud resources is critically important, which is why best-in-class cloud service providers have multiple production data centers around the world.

Geographic diversity greatly reduces the risk that a catastrophic event will cause downtime for customers. If a hurricane knocks out one data center on the U.S. East Coast, for example, customer requests can be redirected to alternate facilities. In choosing sites, service providers should look for data centers that are protected as much as possible against weather and seismic events. Geopolitical stability, the proximity of Internet backbone connections, and the availability of local IT resources and talent were also key considerations in the site selection process.

In addition to maximizing availability, geographic diversity brings cloud services closer to local customers. That maximizes performance by minimizing the latency created when data must travel long distances to remote data centers.

Security and regulatory compliance are enhanced by a network of global data centers. Best-in-class service providers select only hardened facilities with the highest levels of physical and logical security controls.

The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) plays a role in the choice of data center facilities as well. The GDPR imposes strict requirements for the security and privacy of the personal data of EU citizens and favors the location of such data within the EU. By operating data centers in the EU, cloud providers can help their customers comply with the GDPR.

InSpeed Networks is first and foremost a cloud service provider. Our software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solution consists of a small onsite appliance and a cloud instance. The appliance automatically connects to the InSpeed cloud, where patented technology begins monitoring and streamlining Internet traffic.

That’s why InSpeed has 15 production data centers around the world. In North America, our facilities are located in California, Texas, Virginia, Ohio, Florida and New Jersey, and Quebec, Canada. Our European data centers are located in London, Frankfurt and Paris. In the Asia-Pacific region, we have data centers in Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Mumbai. On the horizon are future locations in the Philippines and Malaysia.

Customers may think of InSpeed as the small onsite appliance that connects them to the Internet. The appliance is tangible, and its location is known. But the real “magic” behind InSpeed Quality Service takes place in the cloud. While that might seem nebulous you can rest assured that we’ve made strategic decisions about the location of our cloud resources to ensure the availability and security of our service

InSpeed Networks Announces Global Expansion of Data Centers

Palo Alto, California, October 23, 2018 – InSpeed Networks, the technology leader in SD-WAN solutions for improving network performance, visibility and security announced today they have expanded their data center coverage to include global sites in Europe (London, Frankfurt and Paris) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, and Mumbai). They will be adding data centers in Australia, the Philippines and Malaysia in 2019.

The expansion enhances InSpeed’s ability to better serve customers beyond their existing North American data centers in California, Texas, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey and Quebec, by maximizing performance and reducing the risk of downtime.

InSpeed selected hardened facilities with the highest levels of physical and logical security controls, that are geopolitically stable, have nearby Internet backbone connections and that have on-site IT resources and talent. In the remote chance of a data center becoming unavailable, redirecting customers’ network traffic to an alternate site is an option.

“Each of these global data centers brings the InSpeed cloud closer to customers, improving performance by minimizing the latency created when data travels long distances,” said Michael Mansouri, Chairman and CEO of InSpeed Networks. “Also, we chose sites that are geographically diverse and less prone to natural disaster to reduce the risk that a catastrophic event will cause downtime for customers.”

Each data center that InSpeed utilizes holds certifications/attestations such as: ISO 27001, SOC 1, and SOC2 to provide third party verified assurance that they protect customer data and end user privacy as required by HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR, and United States state privacy laws.

The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also played a role in InSpeed’s choice of data center facilities as well. “We take security very seriously—InSpeed Quality Service was built with integrated security,” said Ed Basart, Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of InSpeed Networks. “The GDPR imposes strict requirements for the security and privacy of the personal data of EU citizens and favors the location of that data within the EU, so we made sure that the security at every site has been certified by independent assessors.”

 

About InSpeed Networks

InSpeed Networks, incorporated in April, 2015 by ShoreTel (SHOR) co-founder Ed Basart, delivers a simple, yet powerful SD-WAN solution specifically designed to address the service quality, performance and security demands of Voice over IP, videoconferencing and distributed business applications. The company’s technology leading SD-WAN solution ensures application network performance, security and visibility while reducing network bandwidth costs by up to 75%. For more information, visit www.inspeednetworks.com.