Managed services provider Claranet has launched a new service that allows customers to securely connect to public cloud platforms.
The service, Cloud Connect, links customers to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure via Claranet's own private MPLS network, removing the need to transmit data over the public Internet and therefore bypassing data transfer charges from Claranet.
Neil Thomas, Claranet's product director, said: "Over the past few years, we have been working hard to ensure that we've got a complete portfolio of network services to allow our customers to pick the best option for each application.
"Cloud Connect is a key part of our networking strategy, enabling customers to connect to the big public cloud platforms using their own corporate networks.
"Avoiding the public Internet, the connection is more stable and secure, providing the opportunity for customers host their internal, business critical applications on these platforms while keeping their data within their own private networks.
"Both Azure and AWS have tools that can allow businesses to plug directly into their services via the Internet. However, if your application is for internal customers only - or you want to consume data sources from internal applications within your public facing application - then having a link over your private network gives you more consistent performance with enhanced security."
Claranet's Cloud Connect service is provided through a partnership between Claranet and Telecity Group, using the Cloud-IX platform.