It’s Time to Prepare for a Multi-Cloud Future
Clouds are on the horizon in every corner of the business. Your business needs more than one platform for storing your data and accessing it remotely. Cloud solutions offer clear advantages when it comes to cost, scalability, and reliability. For small-and-medium-sized enterprises, it’s meant hassle-free access to the newest and best cloud-based tools or freeing up precious times and IT resources spent on maintaining the room full of servers.
Multi-cloud has become a strategic initiative for many enterprises, large and small. As the first wave of public cloud (IaaS) adoption is maturing, organizations are realizing that they do not want to become overly dependent on a single cloud provider, and also that on an ongoing basis there are varying degrees of efficiency that can be achieved by utilizing multi – clouds and shifting workloads as necessary.
There’s also plenty of ongoing change on the multi-cloud scene that comes with the increasing adoption and use cases of multi-cloud. Here are the following trends to note about the multi-cloud:
1. Multi-cloud becomes a more intentional strategy:
While many organizations are already on multi-cloud that means they have different applications or workloads already on different public clouds. That’s changing – “What we are seeing now is that multi-cloud has become a deliberate strategy which means making applications truly cloud-native and reducing architectural dependencies on particular cloud service”.
“For a long time, people were just wrestling with the cloud,” Matters says. “Now, as companies are getting familiar and comfortable with different private clouds and public clouds, we are beginning to see them put together true hybrid cloud strategies that span their data centers.
2. The cloud-native technology stack grows up:
Intentional multi-cloud strategies mean more teams will need to rethink their technology stacks. “This has implications on the technology stack used, such as containers and Kubernetes, and on security, which now has to be built into the application development pipeline and have detection and control points attached to the workload rather than to the infrastructure,” Jerbi says.
“Ultimately, multi-cloud is not an infrastructure strategy”, Reddy says. “Multi-cloud is an application strategy and business strategy. It is a means to end the care about their business applications. This is why the technologies that enable cloud-native development and architecture will continue to generate so much attention as multi-cloud cases.
3. Cloud connectivity becomes critical:
“Another trend to watch is the interconnectivity between cloud vendors. Each vendor has a way to provide dedicated network access to their cloud, but interconnecting between clouds and guaranteeing performance is more problematic,” says Michael Cantor, CIO at Park Place Technologies. “So, if a company is going to go truly multi-cloud and put different components in different places, interconnectivity and reliability of that connectivity have to be considered.”
So how can a business prepare for this reality amid a fast-changing IT landscape? It helps to look for a silver lining. Yes, a multi-cloud strategy can present complications, but best-in-breed tools for various parts of the business are increasingly cloud-based and this trend will only accelerate. Enterprises may well find the significant benefits to be worth the headache.