It has been long established that maintaining a diverse financial portfolio is in an investor's best interest. Similar is the case when you are ready to fly cloud-ward. A multicloud approach is best for you if you don't want to have all your eggs in one basket. We are all aware of the challenges that come with migrating to the cloud, from downtime to scalability fluctuations to data breaches and more. But maintaining multiple cloud ecosystems allow businesses to be safe in their decision of adopting cloud technology. Having more than one cloud helps organizations distribute workloads across multiple individual environments and therefore mitigate risk.
Safety in terms of data stored in the cloud is not the only reason for you to go the multi-cloud way. Several other advantages can come from this diverse cloud investment plan. The basic idea behind operating multiple clouds is that each provider fulfills specific requirements of individual business models of a whole enterprise. As different vendors offer support for different platforms, choosing one right fit can be difficult. The match should be made based on specific metrics like pricing, policies, functionality among others. With this approach, every business need is taken care of by matching it to the services of an appropriate cloud provider.
Moreover, for the past few years, we have been witnessing the shift of businesses towards multiple cloud providers instead of just one. According to Gartner, “By 2020, 75% of organizations will have deployed a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud model.”
Here are some reasons why multicloud is leading and carving the path as we step into the future:
Resilience and Sustainable Security
Organizations look for granular control when it comes to operating mission control applications and functions. With the possibility of a multicloud environment, businesses can go for a hybrid solution and maintain both and public and private cloud environment to cater to specific security requirements. Storing sensitive data in an on-premise private cloud while running all other regular functions from a public cloud infrastructure of your choosing. Diversifying in such a manner not only ensures the security standard that enterprises want to maintain but also does so cost-effectively. Mutlicloud strategy makes not only for better security but also failover and data recovery.
No Vendor Lock-in
Getting started in just one cloud environment can have all your data tied up in a complex manner so that venturing out to other infrastructure providers becomes difficult. Choosing a multicloud ecosystem lets organizations adapt to changing business needs. If workload performances are not locked into a single provider's infrastructure, it gives businesses more autonomy to move around. Going for an open source cloud such as OpenStack is one way to stay away from vendor lock-ins. With VEXXHOST's OpenStack based cloud solutions, it is just as easy to migrate from a public to a private cloud environment.
In this day and age, any delay in availability of resources can have catastrophic consequences for the provider, in order to prevent massive losses businesses need to ensure that they serve their target audience in the quickest way possible. With global organizations that serve consumers on a large geographic scale, multicloud is what helps their services reach users instantaneously. By making use of data centers closest to end-users organizations make their data available with fewer server hops and therefore reach their clients as and when needed.
Another factor that promotes a heterogeneous cloud strategy is data governance requirement. Since data governance requirements vary across regions and customers may require their data be in a particular location, a multiple cloud strategy will be required.
To sum up the benefit of a multiple cloud strategy we can say that it is adapted to utilize the best features and strengths of each cloud provider. Yes, multicloud can create complications but it is nothing that pro-active planning cannot solve. Businesses need to know their requirements both now and overtime and put in the work to research the appropriate cloud providers.
Can VEXXHOST be part of your multicloud strategy?
If you are just starting to step into the game of clouds, you must check out open source service providers. If you aren't new to the game then you are already familiar with the benefits an open source cloud provider can add to your cloud strategy.
Multicloud is proving to be just as important for both enterprises and vendors. Being a cloud provider is not easy if you cannot contribute to a heterogeneous cloud environment. In order to keep abreast with developments in the IT industry, cloud providers need to update their services to support multicloud management.
We at VEXXHOST provide OpenStack based public and private cloud services. Given that our offering is based on open source code, you need not worry about vendor lock-ins or licensing fees. In fact, running on OpenStack facilitates easy migration between public and private cloud environments as well. Allowing you to switch up depending upon the current and future needs of your enterprise. Additionally, our years of service in both areas of cloud have given us the experience to fully-mange hybrid environments. Think of us as an all-encompassing provider that is not only aware of the ever-changing IT industry but also adapts to it rapidly, helping you keep up with it as well!