What is Multicloud?

The explosion of cloud-based computing has given businesses a chance to expand their infrastructure and services exponentially. At its most basic level, a cloud is a collection of servers that customers can access through an internet-connected device. Each of these public clouds is controlled and managed by a service provider. In a multi-cloud system, multiple public clouds are utilized simultaneously – often from more than one cloud provider. 

When a company uses a multi-cloud deployment, it often requires several different vendors for hosting, storage, application stacks, and any other configuration requirements that may be necessary. Often, these deployments can be leveraged for various uses, including remote application support for at-home workers, or could be utilized to bolster system backup capabilities. One cloud service provider will rarely fulfill the needs of a business, making multi-cloud deployments incredibly popular. 

What Are the Benefits of Multicloud? 

A growing number of enterprises are leveraging multi-cloud solutions to unlock a range of benefits for their business. According to the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report, around 96% of organizations had introduced some cloud solution into their overall IT strategy. However, approximately 81% have pursued a multi-cloud deployment – often utilizing around 4.8 different clouds for their daily activities or IT infrastructure requirements. But what benefits does this approach provide? 

  • Workload Optimization – Perhaps the most significant benefit most enterprises associate with multi-cloud is workload optimization. Often, this interest in several different providers spawns from the cost of services and the level of provided features. By focusing on IaaS and SaaS options, a more informed decision on which providers to use can be made while also optimizing workloads. 
  • Reliability – If a business chooses to invest in only one cloud provider, there is a chance that a simple outage could affect all infrastructure and applications that are needed for the company to function as expected. Using multiple cloud providers can help increase reliability and strengthen a business’ overall disaster recovery or business continuity plan. 
  • Security and Compliance – Compliance requirements are changing rapidly as businesses try to ensure they are safe from data disasters or cyberattacks. By focusing on multi-cloud solutions, companies can separate data based on the security level needed to keep it safe at all times.  However, securing the multi-cloud environment also presents additional challenges.  The security tools in place will vary by provider and typically will not integrate easily with one another. 
  • Increased Satisfaction – When things work as intended, one positive benefit is an increase in employee satisfaction.  A multi-cloud approach lets employees quickly access the applications or services that mean the most to them, no matter where they might be. Increased employee satisfaction can result in higher productivity levels. 

The topics above are the most common reasons clients turn to a multi-cloud environment.  However, every client is different and there are often unique business drivers that affect the decision, such as: 

  • Compliance requirements 
  • Service level expectations 
  • Disaster recovery expectations 
  • Availability of staffing or specific skill sets 

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