Adopting a Multi-Cloud Strategy
The uptake of multi-cloud architecture is growing as organizations are seeing the value of expanding their cloud platform portfolio to serve their customers.
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You must have heard the famous English proverb, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” I know you might be thinking, "What exactly does multi-cloud have to do with eggs?" Let me explain.
Open-source technology has enabled us to mix and match cloud environments from different vendors, empowering companies to get products & services to market faster while meeting unique requirements. The uptake of multi-cloud architecture is growing as organizations are seeing the value of expanding their cloud platform portfolio as the fastest way to serve their customers.
Over the last couple of years, multi-cloud has slowly become a buzzword in the Cloud industry. IDC predicts 2021 to be the year of multi-cloud.
Multi-cloud architecture empowers organizations to distribute their applications and workloads across multiple cloud hosting environments so that they can get the flexibility to use or stop using an individual cloud environment whenever they want (and also get the most bang for their buck).
This means you can have development and test environments on one cloud, production environment on another cloud. And, you can even run an application across multiple clouds at the same time.
- Developing a multi-cloud strategy can help manage cloud costs.
- A multi-cloud strategy lets you match vendors that excel in different areas to your different platforms and their needs.
- Organizations can decentralize their operations and let the teams decide and utilize the best option for the workloads. This could be a subject of cost, feature availability, or the level of support available.
Depending on any one provider for any product or service can be risky. Cloud providers may suffer an outage or even their infrastructure or service levels could decline. So putting all your 'eggs,' that is, the workload in one provider's 'basket' runs the risk of applications becoming unavailable.
The diversity in cloud platforms and services provides benefits, such as—avoid vendor lock-in savior, high resiliency, data sovereignty, increased redundancy, improved disaster recovery, and controlled cost.
The expansion of the Internet of things (IoT)—smart appliances & surveillance, wearable devices, and wireless trackers has only been made possible with the multi-cloud architecture.
But multi-cloud is more than just a parallel use of multiple cloud environments. A multi-cloud environment requires a mammoth effort and fortunately, the benefits of doing so are worth it in the end. It’s about devising a comprehensive strategy to map out opportunities and make the most use of each available cloud technology. It is important to realize that cloud management and optimization is a continuous process for a multi-cloud architecture.
The problem is, relatively few organizations know exactly how to do this. A survey conducted by IBM found that only 41 percent of them have a multi-cloud management strategy in place, and just 38 percent have in place the procedures and tools needed to operate in such an environment. Not all businesses are sufficiently prepared to implement cloud roadmaps due to migration and skills-related challenges. CTOs and CIOs often face data consistency, migration, skills-related, and business continuity challenges towards a successful cloud implementation strategy.
Well, I am excited to see the rapidly maturing companies opting for multi-cloud operations. I think that with the agility, flexibility, choice, and cost incentives of multi-cloud operations being so high, multi-cloud is a trend that is here to stay.
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