When Microsoft released ExpressRoute, the company’s solution for seamlessly connecting Azure to non-Azure clouds and dedicated hosting resources, it’s not an overstatement to say it changed the face of IT forever.

IT migrations and upgrades aren’t something most people look forward to. No matter how much you need a refresh, upgrades have typically been expensive, complex, and time- and labor-intensive. And in the end, it’s always disheartening to see that technology just keeps marching forward as soon as you lock yourself into a platform.

Starting in July 2018, the speed at which your web pages load now affects how Google ranks your site on mobile searches. That probably puts you in one of two camps — either you’re sitting pretty because you’ve made page load time a priority. Or you will probably start to see a decline in search ranking and related mobile traffic in the coming weeks.

We’re very rapidly approaching a time when hybrid multi-cloud will replace traditional on-premise, single cloud, and hybrid cloud configurations as the norm. Why? Because the benefits of combining the best possible services and solutions from each of the world’s premier vendors are just too massive to miss.

More than 300 million people already trust their IT to Amazon Web Services (AWS). And now that AWS Direct Connect has made it possible to connect AWS resources to other hosted or on-premise infrastructure, that number is set to explode.

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