Multi-cloud is a hot topic in the world of cloud computing, but there still seems to be a significant amount of head scratching around the subject. That being said, it seems that everyone has been able to agree on one thing; multi-cloud is entirely based on the idea of combining the best in-class technologies and services from a range of cloud providers to assemble the most capable solution possible.
Multi-cloud has been discussed within the cloud computing industry for a while, but there is still confusion and disagreement about what it is. What most can agree on is that multi-cloud is about mixing and matching the best-in-class technologies and services from different cloud providers to create the best possible solution for a business. Multi-cloud flexibility will give organizations the ability to leverage the advantages of each individual solution to maximum benefit. Let’s take a look at the benefits of a multi-cloud approach and how you can make the transition as smooth as possible.
Improved availability and performance
With a careful and well executed configuration, a multi-cloud approach gives organizations to distribute their workloads across multiple IaaS cloud service providers. This approach maximizes fault tolerance by using redundancy in infrastructure and software, and therefore optimizing availability and performance.
Cloud Service Providers look to specialize their offering to capture attention of niche interests, so while they might not provide every feature you’re looking for, they’re bound to address some of your needs to a ‘t’. Many leading vendors across Iaas, PaaS, and SaaS segments moving outside their original core services. With multi-cloud, businesses can pick and pull the most relevant parts of a solution and utilizes it for their advantage.
While this seems like a fantastic and obvious approach for any business, be mindful that if not managed correctly, multi-cloud can quickly turn into massive headache. Because multi-cloud can be a burden to manage, it can sometimes negate any cost optimization received. Automating cloud management or a centralized management console is often the best approach in this case.
Risk and Security
Multicloud provides users with impressive risk mitigation features such as faster disaster recovery to affordable redundancy. By employing multiple cloud solutions for different needs, you’e cutting down on the likelihood that data will be lost. While it may seem that so many clouds would provide even more attack surface areas, that’s not the case. Cloud service providers pride themselves on security and often deploy the most powerful security measures possible.