More enterprises are choosing cloud solutions, and the most strategic enterprises are opting for a carefully planned multi-cloud environment that meets their specific needs. The benefits of multi-cloud are best achieved when enterprises plan to use this approach from the beginning of their digital transformation process, rather than create an environment that is cobbled together as the enterprise continues to tack on additional cloud resources.
Multi-cloud is sometimes used interchangeably with hybrid cloud. But, while hybrid solutions may bring together some private and public cloud resources with tools for managing between the platforms, multi-cloud takes a more strategic approach to workload placement, resource management, and cost efficiency. There are some key benefits to this approach:
The Answer to “Stickiness:” Cloud providers often offer solutions that aren’t compatible with those of their competitors, leading to a fear of vendor lock-in by enterprises. If the solution is no longer supported or if the provider goes out of business, enterprises want to protect business continuity. Multi-cloud approaches provide the safety of multiple platforms that ideally have some overlap in the workloads they’re managing. Enterprises also appreciate the ability to take a “best of breed” approach to their technology mix, utilizing features on different systems to create a bespoke solution.
Security: Enterprises find that multi-cloud allows them to segment business practices, preventing the risk of devastating impact from a breach. With multiple cloud platforms acting as failover, enterprise IT can all but eliminate the risk of downtime, depending on how automated their systems are in their continuity efforts.
Cost Effectiveness: One of the key benefits of multi-cloud is the ability to place workloads according to efficiency and budgets. Public cloud solutions tend to be faster and more up-to-date with innovation, while private cloud is more secure but more expensive, too. Enterprises are able to prioritize workloads based on performance and security needs for optimized placement.
While multi-cloud environments offer many advantages, there are still some concerns that need addressing. One big downside is that multi-cloud environments can grow increasingly complex, making monitoring for security purposes challenging. If multi-cloud solutions are arrived at in an ad hoc manner, rather than with a planned strategy, monitoring can be particularly difficult.
Enterprises and cloud providers alike are aware of the challenge of monitoring these solutions, and as the technology advances, it’s likely that monitoring solutions will be a priority for innovation.To learn more about how a customized, multi-cloud approach could benefit your enterprise, contact us at Cory Communications.