Posted in Articles on Wednesday, May 1, 2019
by Richard Vester - Group Executive, EOH Cloud Services Division
With new cloud solutions being introduced regularly, companies have to be sure they are getting the best capabilities across storage, networking, security, application deployment and management platforms. This has resulted in many organisations employing multiple cloud services across multiple vendors.
However, to fully realise the benefits of multi-cloud, a strategy is essential. Employing a well-planned and managed multi-cloud strategy provides flexibility and leverage, offering new ways to achieve innovation and cost efficiencies.
By far the main benefit of creating a multi-cloud infrastructure is that it provides enterprises with the flexibility needed to innovate at speed. A strategic approach to multi-cloud deployment and management includes a number of other benefits
Planning a multi-cloud strategy is not an easy task. Organisations are still struggling with legacy IT systems, on-premise structures and hardware suppliers. They are often limited in their ability to orchestrate multi cloud operations on their own. Competent service providers can deliver the necessary expertise for adopting multi-cloud infrastructures to enable agility and workload mobility between heterogeneous cloud platforms, storage and hypervisors.
Flexibility and scalability
With 90% of the world's data being created in the past two years alone, multi-cloud offers a perfect place to process and store information. By not being ‘locked in’ to one vendor, multi-cloud ensures the flexibility to run applications wherever they need to be, while keeping everything connected. And by allowing for a pay-per-use model across all cloud services, companies can scale as and when they need to.
A multi-cloud ecosystem can also help protect a company's critical business applications and data by offering redundant backup and recovery capabilities. Adding multi-cloud to the disaster recovery strategy can provide a much higher level of reliability and security.
Since cloud providers are responsible for the security of their own infrastructures, they can ensure that the organisation has all the security capabilities necessary to protect themselves. Multi-cloud providers mitigate risk by employing redundant, independent systems that offer robust authentication mechanisms, vulnerability testing and API assets consolidation.
Through an effective multi-cloud management process, companies can co-ordinate disparate workloads, manage hybrid workflows and integrate the DevOps processes to drive innovation. Automation ensures efficient orchestration of data, applications and infrastructure across multiple cloud environments, and expands deployment capabilities by connecting applications and workflow processes to quickly deliver business services.
Every cloud vendor offers different compute and storage options at different prices. By using a specialist solution provider, companies can project workload performance and TCO for compute and storage options in each cloud– and identify the options that will meet your performance requirements at the cheapest cost.
A multi-cloud strategy allows organisations to create the best cloud solution for their business. It enables them to take advantage of the best of what each cloud offers, minimises vendor lock-in, and provides more opportunities for optimisation. This is where solution providers like EOH come in. We provide a single pane of glass to manage all the cloud services across a company, enhancing existing deployments and assisting in future planning.