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Kordia launches Google Cloud Partner Interconnect
Mon, 9th Dec 2019
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Kordia's direct connection to Google Cloud, Partner Interconnect, is now officially available to Kordia customers.

Kordia is one of the first technology companies in the country to offer Partner Interconnect, enabling faster connections that are more secure and more easily managed.

Partner Interconnect means that traffic between on-site networks and Google Cloud does not go through the public internet. Instead, it flows through Kordia's private network via a direct route.

This direct routing and shielding from the public internet means that services in the cloud deliver speeds as if they were in the room next door, says Kordia's head of product, Murray Goodman.

“Plenty of New Zealand organisations use multiple Google business services, including G Suite, Google Cloud Platform and Google Analytics,” he says.

“More businesses are pursuing a cloud strategy as they want to achieve unparalleled reliability, resilience and data protection. With direct connections like those from Partner Interconnect, customers are assured of the best possible performance.

Furthermore, Partner Interconnect enables large data transfers between networks, which can be more cost-effective than purchasing additional bandwidth over the public internet. Governed by Service Level Agreements, these data transfers also offer reliable service.

Even though there are businesses excited to jump on board with cloud services, there are still those wary of the systems, Kordia states.

Goodman says the biggest perceived risk of moving to the cloud is the fact that applications are no longer housed in an on-site server room.

“Cloud services only perform as well as the network allows. When using public networks, latency can frustrate users and reflect poorly on IT managers who really don't want complaints about service degradation. Direct connections to services businesses use today reduces cloud migration risk and puts the full power of these platforms within reach of Kiwi organisations.

Google Cloud also runs a channel programme in New Zealand. Dynamo6 is one partner that achieved Premier Partner Status. The company is now using Partner Interconnect as part of its enterprise platform-as-a-service and other solutions.

“This addition means we're able to leverage Google Cloud Platform easily. Going straight into its data centers via dedicated private connections means speed, reliability and predictability which isn't possible from a public connection,” explains Dynamo6 CEO Igor Matich.

“This will boost the use of Google Cloud's services in New Zealand. There are multiple unique advantages to Google Cloud that developers and end-user customers are looking for, including data analysis and artificial intelligence, distributed computing and open source technologies. Kordia's direct connection settles any questions about the performance of access to these technologies and services.

Google Cloud Partner Interconnect is available for Kordia customers now.