Companies have made it clear: the world of enterprise cloud is changing, and it’s going multicloud. Multicloud deployments, where a user implements two or more cloud services or environments from different vendors, are gaining popularity in the business world. Research by Virtustream suggests that 86% of enterprise cloud users have adopted a multicloud strategy. In addition, RightScale reported earlier this year that on average, businesses are running around five cloud environments at the same time.
Why, though, are enterprises making the switch to multicloud? Cloud environments are versatile, and providers offer a lot of cloud-based services for enterprises to take advantage of. Many companies want to leverage solutions and services from multiple vendors to create the best cloud infrastructure for their work. To help you understand the benefits a multicloud environment can bring you, we’ve listed some of the reasons why businesses integrate multicloud solutions below.
Ensuring the best solutions for each task
It might be easy to assume that cloud environments are all the same, which may be true on the surface. However, public cloud environments (like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform) are built with specific purposes in mind. While a majority of their services cover basic tasks and solutions that any cloud provider will offer, many are tailor-made to focus on specific verticals or processes. Microsoft Azure, for example, highlights several platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings, making it an ideal choice for program and application developers.
Cost efficiency across multicloud deployments
Since public cloud vendors operate on a pay-as-you-use pricing model, your company will only pay for the cloud services they use, not an all-inclusive package. Thus, it’s easy for enterprises to pick and choose which offerings they want to use from each vendor. Maintaining cost management for multicloud deployments is still important, however. Some tasks, like computing, data storage, and app development are supported by multiple cloud providers. If you need or want a cloud-based solution for these tasks, you need to figure out which provider offers the best service for your enterprise.
Vendor lock-in prevention
One of the biggest challenges of cloud computing for enterprises is vendor lock-in. This happens when a business becomes so reliant on one vendor’s solutions and services that they make it difficult for them to stop using their offerings. Enterprises running a single cloud deployment face this issue all the time, especially if they decide to switch cloud providers. The resources you build in one cloud environment might not work in another environment without reconfiguring or rebuilding it entirely. However, as cloud deployments offer more support for open source foundations and code bases, it’s become easier for companies to move data between cloud environments. Thus, operating multiple cloud deployments extends your ability to build, run, and maintain projects in the cloud.
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