Multi-cloud infrastructure is attracting companies small and large. Most companies with a cloud provider are also thinking about integrating a multi-cloud strategy. Ultimately, it all comes down to the business, the product you are offering, and your users' expectations. These factors will determine whether multi-cloud is of importance or not. In this context, here is an overview of the topic.
Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Adoption
A multi-cloud strategy involves two or more cloud computing platforms or providers handling various business-related tasks. Such an approach can be extensive and complex depending on the number of clouds within and how a business uses each cloud resource or service. The latest studies show that around 92% of cloud adopters have already implemented or are considering a multi-cloud infrastructure. Furthermore, cloud service adoption is projected to reach a market share of $1.3 trillion by 2025 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9%.
Why do businesses need multi-cloud infrastructure? Well, because it comes with various benefits – such as:
- Reducing local infrastructure
- Leveraging targeted services
- Better cost management
- Improving compliance
- Providing better resilience
Organizations with a multi-cloud environment also face some new risks and challenges such as:
- Complex security
- Network security issues
- Provider disruption
- Regulatory problems
Enterprises with a multi-cloud approach must understand the configurations of the resources and services it uses and monitor their performance using the tools at their disposal.
Best Practices that can Help
As we have seen, multi-cloud infrastructure comes with certain pros and cons. Now it's worth looking at some best practices to tackle the challenges and leverage the benefits to their full potential. Here are three of them:
- Choose IaC tools that support multi-cloud
- Have a module system in place
- Choose favorable architecture components
Comparing Multi-Cloud vs. Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategies differ in their aim and infrastructure. They have several similarities and differences among them. The similarities include:
- Both can provide flexibility and redundancy to users
- Both enable businesses to deploy highly customized infrastructures
- Both facilitate capital investment transitions into operational expenses.
Now, here are the key differences;
- Hybrid clouds include public and private clouds, whereas multi-clouds only involve public clouds.
- Hybrid clouds connect private and public clouds to establish a single environment; multi-clouds do not have interoperability capabilities.
Given these similarities and differences, both strategies are seen as separate approaches with distinct purposes. However, hybrid, they can coexist.
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