Companies are seeing the benefits of cloud computing, but it’s never as simple as just choosing to place workloads in the cloud. Determining whether you’ll use public or private cloud, hybrid or multi-cloud computing are important decisions, as is your choice of provider. Constructing a cloud environment is never a one-size-fits-all situation, but many companies are recognizing the advantages of multi-cloud and are finding that it helps them optimize performance, cost and agility.
A typical structure involves one private cloud that’s managed by the enterprise or by a third party, as well as two public clouds. While public cloud is helpful for saving costs, many enterprises say that improved performance and innovation tend to eclipse any cost considerations. Here are the reasons companies are choosing multi-cloud computing:
Avoiding vendor lock-in: No enterprise relishes the idea of being stuck with one vendor, forced to put up with escalating costs and shrinking services. Businesses are also reluctant to place all of their data in one cloud infrastructure because if the vendor goes out of business, has service issues, or is the victim of a cyber attack, the enterprise is left vulnerable.
Reliability: For business continuity and disaster recovery reasons, many enterprises prefer a multi-cloud computing solution. A second cloud can take over if the primary cloud is experiencing downtime, offering a built-in failover solution.
Application optimization: With a combination of private and public platforms, the enterprise is able to ensure that the right applications are hosted in the right places. They can identify the best tool for each application, rather than being forced to treat all applications the same. Some vendors simply have better tools for certain applications than others. Enterprises may also make decisions based on location or data center regions to reduce latency and improve overall application performance.
Continuous innovation: One of the key benefits of investing in public cloud is having access to the frequent performance improvements that allow enterprises to work toward more advanced workloads without the need to purchase, install and manage more infrastructure in-house.
Compliance: Regulatory compliance can change often, putting high demand on infrastructure architecture to meet the demands of a fluid environment. If an organization is locked in with one vendor, they may find that they experience too many restrictions in trying to meet these demands. A multi-cloud environment allows the enterprise to choose different services and providers in each data center region within compliance rules.
There’s no single architecture that’s going to fit the needs of every enterprise, but there are some compelling reasons to consider multi-cloud computing for greater efficiency and faster innovation.
If you’re considering a shift to cloud computing and would like more information, contact us at One Connect. From helping you choose the right cloud computing architecture to leveraging the best cloud solutions for your business, we can make sure your migration brings the advantages you expect.