Why Are Enterprises Choosing a Multi-Cloud Strategy?
There has been a lot of buzz going on for quite some time regarding the growing number of enterprises adopting multi-cloud strategies that use the private, public, and hybrid cloud services. From the beginning of the multi-cloud adoption, the architectures of multi-cloud allow the enterprises to benefit from scalability and cloud economics without any compromise on data sovereignty. There are many benefits of multi-cloud deployment, from accommodating mergers to vendor lock-in and optimizing performance/price and acquisitions.
Enterprises should opt for a multi-cloud strategy to acquire a proper asset distribution across the user’s cloud-hosting environment. Using a multi-cloud strategy, enterprises get access to various options such as customization capabilities, greater upload speed, cost terms, appropriate service level agreement terms, and many more.
How can Enterprises make an adoption decision of a multi-cloud strategy?
The decision of multi-cloud adoption is primarily based on three considerations:
- Architecture – One of the significant decision drivers of multi-cloud adoption is architecture as the maximum modern applications are of modular fashion, mostly which can span the multi-cloud providers and get services from several clouds.
- Sourcing – Improvement in agility and avoiding or minimizing vendor lock-in chances can be made through sourcing. Many factors drive this decision, such as availability, regulatory requirements, data sovereignty, performance, and so on.
- Governance – Enterprises can now standardize the processes, procedures, and policies and share the tools for enabling cost governance. By adopting services provided by multi-cloud providers, enterprises can ensure a unified administrative process, operational control and can have more efficient and effective monitoring over their IT systems.
Easy migration and better disaster recovery are some of the other main benefits of driving enterprises for adopting multi-cloud strategies.
Multi-cloud strategy use cases:
Cloud backup and archiving options to reduce cost
Around 42% of enterprises are using multi-cloud for backup and achievement. Multi-cloud storage offers an efficient data transfer of storage capabilities for creating flexible, safe, and low-cost alternatives of cloud backup. The cost is reduced while increasing the scalability and performance of object storage, allowing the harness to archive critical data.
Risk mitigation is another multi-cloud use case that allows the enterprises to have the best of both private and public cloud offerings. A multi-cloud strategy unifies data storage for the applications that are running in two different clouds. It also prevents data duplication, data fragmentation, and improves data governance. Thus, by adopting multi-cloud, enterprises ensure data resiliency while eliminating application downtime due to object storage failure as there are consistent object replicas in another location or cloud.
Automating DevOps and accelerated development
Multi-cloud is apt for developers that require the ability to create data sets for developing, deploying, and testing applications into production. A multi-cloud strategy is more affordable and viable than CapEx investment for covering the necessary development resources. Portability and accessibility of cloud structures get extended to file servers, databases, file shares, and other required resources and applications needed by developers.
Challenges to implement and run workloads across multi-cloud
While adopting a multi-cloud strategy has several benefits, getting started and running workloads across multi-cloud put forth many challenges. Migrating from a single cloud to multiple clouds or from one platform to another while ensuring security, performance, and cost are some of the factors that enterprises need to consider while adopting a multi-cloud strategy for their business.
While trying to modernize the IT deployments, enterprises face many roadblocks such as extensive legacy infrastructure, hybrid infrastructure, regulations required to keep data on-premise. So, the solution to these problems is Google Anthos application management platform designed to address the needs of IT modernization that includes both multi-cloud and hybrid platform deployment strategies.
Anthos is an open-source project built on Kubernetes (popularly known as K8) that helps manage the container service of the company’s cloud platform. One of the significant benefits of Anthos is that there is no cloud vendor lock-in.
Kubernetes lies at the core of Google Anthos and operates as the command center and central control for this service. However, Kubernetes is not the only one at play here. There are various other components too that augment Anthos in performance and power. One such service mesh is Istio.
Istio service mesh allows federated management of networks across the platform. It helps connect various components of the applications deployed across GCP, data center, and any other clouds.
Benefits and Outcomes:
Flexibility and Scalability
By adopting a smart multi-cloud strategy, enterprises can scale up or down their storage based on their business requirements. A multi-cloud environment offers a perfect place for data storage with automation and real-time syncing.
Ability to select the best multi-cloud providers
While incorporating multi-cloud, the administrators can bring the best cloud-hosting service provider for each task, based on the business requirements. Say, for example, you can select a cloud service provider for higher upload speed while also choose another provider for more favorable service terms and conditions. By getting multiple-choice options, enterprises get high agility and match every part of their business to different providers’ setup and service terms. These provide you the freedom to access multiple options and select the best match for other areas of your business without the need to bending your processes.
Most of the enterprises leverage an average of 5 different cloud platforms. This shows that organizations are increasingly moving towards multi-cloud environments. Enterprises struggling with on-premise structure, IT systems, hardware supplies can be benefited by adopting multi-cloud infrastructure for improved agility and workload mobility.
Improved risk management
This is one of the significant advantages that enterprises can get by adopting multi-cloud strategies. Multi-cloud helps the user to mitigate the risk of an attack or infrastructure meltdown by immediately switching to some other service provider or to a private cloud or backup. By adopting independent, redundant systems providing robust authentication, API assets consolidation, and vulnerability testing ensure better management of risk.
Vendor lock-in prevention
By adopting a multi-cloud strategy, the enterprises get the option to evaluate the terms, pitfalls, and benefits of various service providers, and they can accordingly choose to switch to another service provider after careful validation and negotiation. Analyzing the terms before going into signing a partnership prevents the situations of vendor lock-in.
Due to the growing number of multi-cloud service providers, the market is getting competitive, and the vendors are striving to offer optimal prices to attract the majority of cloud users. So, enterprises can compare the differences.
Improvement in network performance
Multi-cloud infrastructure allows you to create a low-latency and high-speed infrastructure while also reducing the cost of cloud integration with your enterprise’s existing IT infrastructure.
How CloudMatos helps and supports customers to implement Multi-cloud?
Your cloud strategy should be driven by the objectives of your enterprises. Cloudmatos empowers you to meet the present and future demands of your business. It helps you to get started with multi-cloud and customize your present IT system and ensure a cost-effective, secure transition to the cloud of your choice. It facilitates the optimization of your multi-cloud strategy efficiently and effectively.