The Best Hybrid, Multi Cloud Benefits and How Containers Can Help


As more enterprises become cloud-reliant, utilizing multiple public clouds or hybrid clouds is growing in popularity. IDC recently estimated that by 2020 over 90% of enterprises will use more than one cloud service or platform. They also believe that spending on cloud services will more than double. It’s important to get the most out of this cloud revolution. Multi-cloud enables enterprise tech teams to maximize their potential.
Multi-Cloud Benefits

There are a lot of reasons to use multiple clouds. Cloud providers have different strengths and weaknesses. Some workloads run better on one cloud platform versus another. Measuring cost to performance is important.

Technology teams always want to run a workload in an optimal environment. If your cloud platform isn’t enough for a specific task, there’s no reason not to use another platform.

No single cloud can do everything a large enterprise needs. Every company is different; thus, every cloud provider is going to fit different specifications. A multi-cloud environment allows DevOps teams to play around and figure out what works best for their workloads. Having additional options is almost always the right choice in computing.

Despite the benefits, there is one complaint about multi-cloud environments. It’s that workloads can end up being isolated due to compatibility issues between clouds. Proper container usage should be able to eliminate this complaint.

Hybrid Cloud benefits

A hybrid cloud allows organizations to develop the environment that suits their needs. Cloud teams can balance what they need in security, development, and more with a hybrid cloud. Many hybrid cloud practitioners use an on-premises cloud to store sensitive data and workloads. Organizations gain a lot of flexibility for future technological advancements.

Hybrid cloud can benefit organizations in any industry. It eliminates the fear in deploying a new cloud or tool because you can always fall back to what you know.

Build Bridges Between Clouds

The concept of containers itself is beneficial to hybrid and multi-cloud users. It doesn’t make a lot of sense anymore to use the traditional virtual machine method. VMs are slower and use more computing power. They also don’t scale as well and are difficult to move. Containers improve on VMs by running atop the OS kernel. This process makes them lightweight, portable, and faster on startup. This kind of flexibility is important for DevOps teams utilizing multiple clouds.

Cloud professionals use hybrid or multi-cloud to divide apps based on cloud specialty. This doesn’t have to be the case forever though. Containers are growing in usability and have availability across clouds.

For example, Kubernetes is a community-driven container technology adaptable to most cloud platforms. With so many infrastructure options available, flexibility is a necessity. Teams won’t worry about compatibility since Kubernetes is accepted across cloud platforms.

Since Kubernetes is open source, there will always be an abundance of resources and options to improve your practices. At the time of writing, there are over 63,000 commits on GitHub. The community is vast, and the technology and options are constantly growing.

Cloud providers are always building new tools for Kubernetes. Thus, the viability of containers continues to expand. There are Kubernetes offerings with AWS, GCP, IBM, Azure, Alibaba, and more. These options allow developers to move workloads between clouds with ease.

Managing applications 

Containers provide isolated environments between applications. This means a mistake won’t be detrimental to your entire system. Kubernetes also provide increased visibility into failing deployments. Component failures aren’t detrimental to your application, as the failure is isolated. You can pause or revert changes to individual containers without entirely destabilizing functionality.

There is also flexibility in where you can run your containers. You can utilize on-premises, hybrid, or cloud infrastructures. Having a faster and more efficient environment to work will speed up releases. Also, isolating applications into OS-level virtualization is more secure. Technology like this is perfect for supporting DevOps success.

Containers and Kubernetes allow DevOps teams to work faster and more efficiently. Apps will improve as it’s much easier to discover and fix problems in development. The constant influx of new tools and security options also allow teams to have peace of mind when it comes to deployment.

Doug Atkinson

An entrepreneur and executive with a passion for enterprise technology, Doug founded Solutions Review in 2012. He has previously served as a newspaper boy, a McDonald's grill cook, a bartender, a political consultant, a web developer, the VP of Sales for e-Dialog - a digital marketing agency - and as Special Assistant to Governor William Weld of Massachusetts.