A multi-cloud approach works well for a large number of enterprises. RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report found that 85 percent have a multi-cloud strategy. That is up from 2016 where 82 percent reported a multi-cloud approach.
There are several benefits to implementing a multi-cloud solution:
- Disaster recovery: A cloud outage serves to demonstrate the potential pitfalls of a single cloud solution. Many companies haven’t fully thought through their disaster-recovery procedures, but multi-cloud does offer protection compared to a single point failure.
- Prevention of lock-in: Enterprises are reluctant to lock in with only one vendor, and multi-cloud approach allows them the flexibility to switch vendors or take advantage of the benefits of each of a variety of vendors.
- Workload performance: Enterprises like the ability to match the workload with the cloud provider that makes the most sense. For instance, Windows applications workloads match best with Microsoft Azure.
- Cloud hydration: One of the challenges of digital transformation is the movement of data from traditional storage to cloud storage. A multi-cloud environment makes it easier to concurrently move data to new cloud platforms.
A couple of major, multi-hour cloud outages that occurred this year provided some guidelines for establishing an even better, more secure multi-cloud solution:
Store data in two locations. In case of a cloud outage, it’s a good idea to store data in two places so that you are never fully compromised on your ability to access data. There are several approaches to this, such as storing data both in a cloud storage solution and an on-premises server, or you can use a single-cloud solution with multiple access points.
Choose redundancy architecture: Duplicate your major applications in multiple locations. Whether you are employing public or private cloud, a hybrid solution or an on-site system, consider implementing redundancy policies so that you avoid lock-in with one provider or the risk of not being able to access your key software during an outage.
Check out the competition: Check out their competition, not yours. The increase in cloud providers means that you can use a multi-cloud solution to choose the applications that make the most sense for you, based on both cost and security features of the provider.
Choose native storage options: This means that you want to choose providers and storage solutions in which storage is a core feature, not an additional feature that’s “bolted on” to another application.
At MicroCorp, we come alongside you to help you design a secure multi-cloud environment that matches providers to your specific business needs. Call us today for more information.