Let’s begin by digging into some of the reasons why more businesses are adopting multi-cloud strategies, and often pairing it with a hybrid cloud approach for more control over their workloads and data.
As the cloud has come into its own and been widely adopted at enterprises around the globe, many organizations have started seeking services from a multitude of cloud providers to meet diverse application requirements and data needs across different business units. Multi-cloud approaches have become incredibly popular in recent years and many point to it as the future of cloud computing.
There are a variety of factors fueling the drive to seek out multiple cloud solutions. These include everything from geographical concerns to outage worries. All are good reasons for pursuing a multi-cloud approach, which offers the following benefits:
1. Eliminates single points of failure
Using cloud services from multiple providers with different offerings means you eliminate the risk of a single point of failure. Using multi-cloud is your insurance policy against anything from a weather-related natural disaster that disrupts business operations to a major loss of data. If one cloud point goes down, you can rely on another cloud as your backup while you attend to the outage.
2. Enables you to match services and apps, while also meeting diverse workload requirements
A multi-cloud strategy gives you more choices when you’re matching specific apps and workloads among a mix of cloud providers. Using services from different providers enables you to more effectively address the diverse performance, privacy, security and geographic needs of various business units, departments and teams in your organization. It also goes beyond just fulfilling internal IT needs to better meet the external demands of partners and customers.
3. Frees you from vendor lock-in
A multi-cloud strategy helps to prevent vendor lock-in, which means you also avoid possible widespread outages if one provider’s services are down. It also means you get to sample the offerings and ideas of many providers as technology evolves and grows. Relying on a single cloud vendor puts you at risk in the event the provider comes up short in areas of security or continuous innovation. Diversifying your portfolio of cloud providers is a much smarter strategy and protects you from those risks.
The benefits of a multi-cloud approach are clear, but knowing where to start can be challenging. Check out this eBook that has practical advice when selecting a multi-cloud provider.