Has your enterprise adopted a multicloud strategy? There are several cloud computing vendors on the market, each with their own specialties and benefits. While some businesses are content to stick with one cloud environment, others want to take advantage of what multiple cloud providers have to offer. This multicloud approach has gained popularity over the past few years, and it requires the right strategy to operate successful.
What goes into designing and implementing a multicloud strategy? Your multicloud strategy needs to address your business needs and lay a solid foundation for managing multiple cloud deployments. Below, we’ve listed some tips for creating a successful multicloud strategy for your enterprise.
Know what you’re using each cloud deployment for
If you’re adopting multiple cloud environments, you need to have a clearly-defined reason for doing so. Each deployment in your company’s infrastructure should have a specific business purpose. Perhaps you want to use one cloud deployment purely for data storage while another will be used for developing projects and applications. Whatever the reason, your enterprise needs to know how each cloud deployment is going to help your business accomplish mission-critical tasks.
It’s important to know that you don’t necessarily need to have separate purposes for each cloud environment. If a project will benefit from the power of multiple environments, you should design your cloud strategy around this.
Have a plan for migrating data between clouds
Sometimes, you’ll need to move data from one cloud to another – but this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Data migration between cloud environments can be a long, complicated process; your multicloud strategy should outline how your enterprise will migrate data to another cloud. This should include how long your company expects the migration to take, the progression of data migration across cloud environments, and what data you want to migrate. You should also verify this multicloud migration strategy is working by transferring test data between clouds.
Prevent vendor lock-in
One of the dangers of running the cloud is vendor lock-in, where a company’s data is so reliant on one provider’s cloud services that it becomes difficult for them to adopt new ones. Multicloud deployments can help enterprises avoid this problem, but you still need to be smart about how you integrate and use cloud deployments to prevent vendor lock-in. A successful multicloud strategy will allow enterprises to design projects with open data formats that are supported on each of your cloud environments.
Include backup and fail-safe protocols
With multiple cloud deployments to work with, your enterprise is able to keep your data protected and available even when disaster strikes. If one of your cloud providers loses service or suffers an outage, you need to be able to access your mission-critical data; storing this data on more than one cloud deployment allows you to prevent losing valuable information or projects. You also want to ensure that your enterprise creates backups for data on all of your cloud environments so that your cloud-specific projects can be saved.
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