It is no secret that the cloud has made positive impacts on business costs, scalability and reliability, oftentimes freeing up numerous IT resources. In today’s everchanging technological climate, everyone from small, to medium, to large enterprise has access to the latest and greatest in cloud-based tools and applications – something that we did not see just a few years ago. During this evolution, it is clear that these same businesses rely on more than one cloud service provider. A recent TechRepublic Survey reported that two-thirds of participants said that their company currently uses, or plans to use, services from multiple cloud providers. Providers mentioned included Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and more. While multicloud continues to gain traction across the industry, many IT leaders continue to grapple with the idea of implementing multicloud solutions at their company. In this blog we’ll discuss some of the advantages and challenges of executing a multicloud approach.
Advantages of Multicloud
Before diving into the advantages of multicloud, it is important to recognize that multicloud isn’t necessarily the best choice for every company or workload. Multicloud solutions best serve enterprises that seek to gain increased agility, and while these solutions are more specialized than cloud, than can be complicated to implement. With that in mind, here are some advantages to adopting a multicloud solution.
- Avoid Vendor Lock-In: Using multicloud to avoid vendor lock-in, you can easily move applications from one framework or platform, to another. By utilizing cloud-based tools from different providers, you are able to pick and choose the best strengths and capabilities of each.
- Competitive Pricing: While costs must be taken into consideration while using multiple providers, prioritizing subscriptions to tackle your mission critical needs can end up being cost-effective in the long run.
- Increased Agility: Implementing a variety of cloud solutions from different partners allows you to cater to your unique needs, while increasing scalability as your business continues to grow.
- Reliability: Many companies use multiple clouds as part of their backup and disaster recovery strategy. By utilizing a multicloud strategy and using different providers for backups, your systems remain safe in the event that one of the providers experiences a catastrophic event.
- Regulatory Compliance: Multicloud allows you to put your workloads in whichever cloud and/or data center that best meets your security and compliance needs.
Challenges to the Multicloud Approach
While the advantages of a multicloud approach seem cut and dry, it is not a perfect fit for every business. Two of the main challenges are Complexity and Security.
- Complexity: Without a large and highly skilled IT team, multicloud environments could pose a serious challenge. Configuring, managing and monitoring multiple platforms can cause roadblocks and even lead to lack of visibility.
- Security: As discussed above, using multiple cloud solutions creates complexity across workloads, oftentimes creating the need for IT to spend more time and resources to secure data and prevent leakage.
A true multicloud strategy may present complications but many of the advantages allow companies to overlook these headaches. As cloud-based solutions continue to evolve and accelerate digital transformation, a multicloud strategy helps you stay ahead with best-in-breed technology and tools. As discussed, such a solution is not meant for every business, but those that can seamlessly integrate into various cloud providers and are set up to easily manage data, should take a good hard look at multicloud solutions.
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