If your business is currently using a cloud-based IT solution, the chances are that you have run into issues like unnecessary costs and performance problems. But don’t be too quick to blame it on the cloud. Instead, consider the benefits of optimizing your systems to use a multi-cloud strategy.
What is a Multi-Cloud Strategy?
A multi-cloud strategy leverages the cloud services from two or more different vendors. For example, at the enterprise level, multi-cloud involves running applications on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or platform-as-a-service (PaaS) from several cloud service providers. A prime example would be a company that has implemented both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
How It Works
Many multi-cloud solutions are built on cloud-native, open-source technologies that all cloud providers support. These solutions also offer the ability to manage workloads across providers using a central console.
Most of today’s biggest cloud providers can support multi-cloud strategies for a wide range of business needs, including:
- Cloud storage
- Data warehousing
- Disaster recovery
- Business continuity
With a multi-cloud strategy, organizations have more flexibility to control costs and optimize performance.
The Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Strategy
Updating your cloud strategy could be beneficial to your organization for several reasons:
- Lowered risk and vulnerability to unplanned downtime and other outages
- Flexibility to choose the best cloud services based on performance, pricing, security, and other factors
- Ability to adopt new technologies as needed versus being limited to what a single vendor offers
To maximize the benefits of a multi-cloud architecture, organizations need a management tool or platform, which will allow for the centralized monitoring and managing of multi-cloud deployments.
Going Hybrid Could Be Your Best Option
A hybrid multi-cloud uses both public and private cloud environments from two or more cloud service providers. Using this strategy offers even more benefits than multi-cloud alone.
For example, a hybrid multi-cloud enhances security and regulatory compliance. It supports the deploying and scaling of highly regulated workloads and sensitive data using the most secure and compliant methods. The icing on the cake is the added convenience of implementing security and compliance measures across several cloud vendors, environments, and services.
A hybrid multi-cloud also offers granular control over deploying and scaling workloads. This strategy will not only optimize your spend but will also improve performance. Organizations can more quickly modernize their existing applications and connect to cloud infrastructure to deliver added value for developers and users.
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Switching to a multi-cloud solution is one of the latest and greatest ways to advance the digital transformation of your organization. While this cloud strategy offers lower costs and added flexibility, making the switch requires careful planning from all teams. If you want more information or assistance about upgrading your IT, contact the experts at TCI Technologies today.