The benefits of a multi-cloud strategy
As the evolution of cloud computing persists, numerous alternatives have been brought into light to contribute to this growth: grid computing, fog computing and edge computing to name a few. Having said this, talks of a multi-cloud approach has been on many business agendas and it does seem as though there are many positive things to consider. Plus, with the reliability of utilising just a single cloud being questioned, now could be the best time to adopt a multi-cloud strategy to better improve resilience.
What exactly is a multi-cloud strategy?
A multi-cloud strategy is “the use of two or more cloud computing services.” Its initial purpose for most organisations is to fortify its cloud dependability. With unreliability being anticipated by associations while using a solitary cloud, employing the right infrastructure is now transforming into a necessity for several organisations, whilst they proceed to run with their workloads and applications when going forward. This alleged ‘right infrastructure’ could be a multi-cloud approach, but why? Lets break down why this alternative is becoming so popular and why numerous associations are embracing it.
So why is this multi-cloud strategy becoming so prevalent?
A shift to multi-cloud will bring a wide array of benefits to organisations. Instead of being constrained by one framework across the entire business, multi-cloud will offer the flexibility for each department to select a service that works best for their needs. Here are three key benefits why moving to multi-cloud could be the best option for your organisation:
- Cloud mobility: By putting the right workload on the right cloud platform, customers have much more choice to how they use their cloud to provide the efficiencies and reduction of waste across public sector IT. They can modernise the existing applications as well as transforming new applications.
- Allowing customers to utilise their existing skills: The public sector has a wealth of skills related to existing and customary innovation such as, VMware and Oracle, and it will be quite difficult for them to build up the new skills DevOps and Agile may entail for example, which are pervasive around people in general cloud stages. Multi-cloud, however, will enable your customers to leverage their existing skills and tools and at the same time develop new ones.
- Improved availability and performance: Adopting multi-cloud will have the potential to really reduce the time, cost and risk of cloud transformations by using familiar and compatible technologies, making it easier to migrate existing systems to the cloud and then to embark on a longer-term transformation of those applications to really achieve the value of public lattices solutions.
Each benefit can prove instrumental in establishing or maintaining a competitive advantage in today’s digital economy. Research has suggested multi-cloud businesses are on the rise, with 86% of companies using more than one vendor to help with their digital transformation efforts. On the other hand, it is still debatable whether the adoption of a multi-cloud approach is the way forward, with complexity in management being added alongside the possibility of acquisition power being reduced, it may not be as easy as it seems. The benefits it can derive for an organisation however, does seem to prove its indispensability within the IT landscape at present; and for some associations, moving to multi-cloud will not be an option, but a requirement going forward.