Cloud computing is constantly transforming the way businesses operate offering agility and competitive edge for the long term. As the pace of cloud adoption has accelerated so is the acceptance of creating a multicloud a strategy where multiple providers are used at the same time. Based on a recent study, 86% of respondents plan to increase investment in hybrid or multicloud which ultimately brings them to the next question: which service providers should my company choose?
Emerging needs of flexibility and choice fueled the popularity of multiclouds. While some companies arrived at multicloud organically, others chose it with a strategic intent. In either case, the process should always start with understanding and assessing your business requirements and ensure the combination of cloud services and providers align with your business strategy.
Leverage from a multicloud architecture
Multicloud architecture utilizes multiple public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms. Combining multiple clouds could mean more agility and rapid scaling. Benefits of adopting a multicloud environment:
- Unique capabilities from every cloud: allowing organizations and application developers to use the best fit for their purpose and gain the benefits of each cloud provider’s strengths, while avoiding vendor lock-in.
- Cost optimization: offering advantage of having different pricing models, flexibility of contracts and other factors that ultimately help to avoid unnecessary expenses.
- Mitigating risks associated with a single provider: using multiple cloud providers can spread the risk associated with downtime from service outages or even data loss across multiple providers. A well-designed multi-cloud approach also helps to increase security.
- Proximity: different providers can offer data centers in various places thus companies can reduce latency.
Turn challenges into opportunities
The power of multicloud can be as transformative as the cloud itself. However, to unlock the power and flexibility of the multicloud environment, organizations need to connect all the different systems and infrastructures together in a simple and seamless manner. With a comprehensive and tailor-made multicloud strategy companies can transform challenges into benefits. When relying on multiple service providers, organizations should also consider:
Complexity: introducing a multicloud environment prone to make monitoring more complex. Besides, cloud providers are regularly introducing new services and upgrades which can require adjustments from the IT team. A consistent multicloud infrastructure containing all environments helps to simplify multicloud management while maintaining flexibility to changes.
Cohesiveness: integrating multiple diverse technology solutions and standards into one cohesive system can be daunting. By developing a sound strategy and rely on efficient tools, businesses can integrate all their environments into a single, unified view.
Data protection and privacy: ensuring security within a multicloud environment require complex approach. Internal security practices need to be applied to all the cloud services differently to modernize security process and ensure legitimate identity interaction.
Expanding multicloud strategies – How Softline can help
As a partner of the largest cloud service providers, Softline helps you understand and select the best services according to your needs. We work in close cooperation with every major cloud service provider, including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and AWS to implement an efficient and secure cloud strategy for your business. Schedule a consultation with our team of cloud experts and unlock the full value of multicloud.
 Hybrid & Multicloud Perceptions Survey, Microsoft, October 18 and October 25, 2021.
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