Global Cloud adoption has been growing at a mind-bending pace. Forrestor predicts the global public cloud market to hit $ 178 Billion in 2018.
However, companies moving to the cloud still tend to keep a part of their infrastructure rooted in their on-premise data centers, as seen in the 3 times increase in hybrid cloud adoption.
This increase in hybrid cloud adoption can be seen as a middle ground for companies looking to leverage the cost benefits and scalability of the cloud, but not yet willing to put all their eggs in the cloud basket.
As companies grow more confident in the security procedures of public cloud providers and realize the huge cost benefits of leveraging cloud technologies, multi-cloud configurations are expected to overcome hybrid cloud architectures.
What is Multi-cloud?
A multi-cloud approach is one which leverages more than one cloud service providers. These cloud providers can be either private or public.
Public cloud providers refer to any of the hyperscalers like AWS, GCP or Microsoft Azure. Customers of public providers share the underlying resources. Private cloud is differentiated by the fact that underlying resources are dedicated to a single customer.
What is the difference between hybrid and multi-cloud?
Hybrid cloud approach ties in a public or private cloud deployment with an already existing on-premise infrastructure. Hybrid cloud has emerged as the go-to strategy for companies embarking on their cloud journey.
Should I use Multi-cloud?
Multi-cloud architectures are the logical conclusion to a company’s cloud journey. As companies leverage cloud technologies, distributing cloud resources over multiple cloud providers, allows them to realize the benefits of increased cost saving, scalability and disaster recovery.
What use-cases does Multi-Cloud cover?
Multi-cloud approach caters to a number of use-cases including disaster recovery, cost savings and performance.
Below are some of the use-cases that a multi-cloud approach covers:
– Disaster recovery/high availability
Distributing cloud workloads across different cloud providers allows companies to build resilient and robust applications. This ensures continued operations during outages and failures across cloud providers.
– Cost optimization
Not all cloud providers are born equal. The same applies to the individual services they provide. Cloud services can be priced differently by several cloud providers. Companies looking to optimize cloud usage costs can choose services across cloud providers based on their individual price points by implementing a multi-cloud approach.
– Unique benefits
In the same way that cloud providers have differing costs, individual services also differ in how well they suit a company’s needs. Deploying multi-cloud workloads enables companies to pick and choose services based on their unique requirements.
– Avoid vendor lock-in
Multi-cloud architectures also allow companies to reduce their dependence on any one single cloud provider.
Multi-cloud approach also adds an additional layer of scalability on top of public cloud service providers and allows companies to provision resources as and when application and traffic requirements demand.
Multi-cloud approach also enables companies to meet compliance requirements. Not all cloud providers have a presence in markets where companies are required to keep a local presence. Leveraging multiple data centres from several cloud providers enable them to meet these requirements.
– More edge locations
By leveraging regional presence of multiple cloud providers companies are able to push their applications nearer to end-users allowing them to provide a more reliable and optimized level of performance.
How do I handle multi-cloud connectivity?
A multi-cloud approach while benefiting companies does introduce multiple connectivity challenges.
Ensuring secure and reliable connectivity between several cloud data centers is mostly a manual process and requires considerable up-front costs. These solutions also tend to be unreliable in terms of performance and high availability.
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