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The Semaphore Business Platform, with Cloud Accelerator

The Cloud You, Your Business, and Your Data Deserves

Cloud computing has revolutionized so much of what companies can do, and yet many companies are unable to take advantage of those capabilities, either because they’re stuck with legacy systems that don’t transfer easily to the cloud, or because they have special security needs, or because of the costs or complexities that come from transmitting massive amounts of data to and from cloud servers securely are prohibitive.

Fortunately, there’s an easier, smarter, and less expensive way.

The Semaphore Business Platform, with Cloud Accelerator offers companies the flexibility they need to optimize their use of the cloud, without sacrificing security and without gutting legacy systems that are still essential to their business.

Here’s how it works.

Our network ties directly into hyperclouds like AWS and Azure through direct, ultra-high-speed, private connections, and we build a hardline that directly connects you and your users to those clouds. This means that your critical applications and data are still on a private network and subject to your own security policies. You have the control you want, with the cloud power that you need.

Doing so offers an array of benefits.

Security and Speed, Simplified

First and foremost, you get the cloud, accelerated. Data is more secure because it never transmits across the open Internet. It can’t be disrupted by denial of service attacks that might cause latency in mission-critical processes; even those directed at others. We can even federate your Internet connectivity, so that you get all the benefits of full Internet access with fewer security concerns.

Legacy Compatible, Future-Proofed

Another major benefit is that you no longer have to make a choice between maintaining a vital legacy system and embracing the future by leveraging cloud processing and storage. The Business Platform allows you to keep your legacy systems up and running and uses the direct connection to the cloud to accelerate processing without compromising the functionality or security of your systems.

Designed for Data, Optimized for Costs

Perhaps most important, the Business Platform can save many customers a significant amount of money. One of the biggest costs for data heavy companies is the cost of data transport – moving data in and out of the cloud. In times when data use is intensive, the cost of data transport is surprisingly high. The Business Platform reduces that cost and eliminates the sticker shock.

Semaphore built the Business Platform with Cloud Accelerator to provide the ultimate solution to companies that are data heavy, security conscious, and driven by a desire to accelerate their business while preserving their bottom line.

Don’t take our word for it. Our customers have been more than happy to sit down and explain how valuable the Semaphore Business Platform, with Cloud Accelerator, has been for them.

So you’re using the cloud. Now what?

More and more of the world’s data, software, and other services are migrating to the cloud every single day.

As this happens, IT managers at organizations of all shapes and sizes need to have the knowledge and confidence that the convenience of these services doesn’t negatively affect their teams’ privacy and security. This requires a fresh approach to how infrastructure and connectivity to these services should be implemented. That’s where Semaphore’s Federated Cloud comes in. By federating – or creating a centralized control – of these services, we’re able to streamline which, and how, organizations can use cloud platforms.

Federated Cloud is about adding security and reliability to today’s cloud-based platforms.

Federated Cloud enables you to have secure, private connections to dominant cloud providers, including Amazon and Microsoft. This means that your critical applications and data are still on your private network and are once again subject to your own security policies. It’s all the control you’re used to, with all the benefits of the cloud.

Top-notch service and support set us apart.

As one of the first companies to provide datacenter and colocation services in Seattle’s Westin Building, Semaphore has made a name for itself in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. And as the telecommunication hub in downtown Seattle grows, so does our presence there.

Early on, we recognized that building a successful business in this area wasn’t simply about offering the latest shiny object. It was, and still is, about service and support, which we combine with our expertise in selecting the right option for your needs, every time. On the colocation front, we’re able to offer highly customized, climate-controlled, secure facilities and are confident that not only is our pricing extremely competitive, but that the service and support we offer is unparalleled in the marketplace.

We provide interconnections, internet bandwidth, and cloud connectivity, all a la carte. We’ve been providing bandwidth services since 1993 to our client partners via a diversified set of carriers, ensuring top-tier service to almost any point on the planet. Can your provider say they have the history Semaphore does and combine it with high-touch relationship management that many of our customers say they’ll never leave? Most can’t.

We evaluate your organizations’ needs, review what you’re currently doing, and develop a Federated Cloud solution that meets your needs, for one location or 100. We can even provide managed LAN and WAN / SDWAN services if you want scalable and easy solutions for your internal network.

Learn More about the Semaphore Business Platform with Cloud Accelerator

Accessing Cloud Resources the Traditional Way

  • Higher Cost
  • Pay for Transit on both ends
  • Subject to Denial of Service on the Internet
  • Requires encryption overhead for sensitive data
  • Transits firewall(s) (slower and more costly)
  • Variable latency
  • Asymmetric pathways common
  • No Quality of Service possible

Accessing Cloud Resources the Easy and Reliable Way

  • Lower Cost
  • Pay for transit on cloud provider end only
  • Not susceptible to DOS attacks
  • Encryption not required
  • Doesn’t transit firewall(s)
  • Reliable Latency
  • Symmetric pathway
  • Supports Quality of Service
  • Private connection
  • Doesn’t transit Internet at any point

What if I use multiple clouds?

  • Connect seamlessly to multiple providers
  • All communication is private
  • Resources in one cloud communicate privately with other clouds
  • You can move services, data, and resources between clouds
  • Leverage lowest momentary cost
  • Maximize resiliency/redundancy
  • Leverage the best parts of multiple clouds

How does the connection to my office(s) work?

  • Connections are combined (“Federated”) in Semaphore’s Cloud
  • We hand you a single connection for all providers
  • All cloud infrastructure becomes a single network resource
  • Redundancy is available

Do I pay for this in addition to my office Internet Connection?

  • No! We can combine (“Federate”) your Internet connection too!
  • You can colocate a physical firewall with us, or we can provide a hosted virtual firewall

Other Concerns

  • A storage array for 2nd tier storage – S3 is expensive!
  • A hardware VPN concentrator for business partner connections – doing that in an instance is expensive!
  • Hard network connections to other business partners? Private WAN connectivity to other business locations? No problem!