Businesses that venture onto the cloud are rapidly met with one of its most basic realities: that there is not just one cloud but many independently owned and operated multi-clouds.
While a lot of the leading cloud platforms are interchangeable across multiple providers. But, the fact remains, that juggling many workloads across a lot of sets of infrastructures will always remain a challenge as will likely be a chief responsibility of the IT department once the users are adept at deploying their own data environments. With this intricacy, the multi-cloud will also provide a lot more advantages, and not all of them will be related to vendor lock-in or data redundancy.
Multi-Cloud: Pros and Cons
One analysis of the pros and cons of a multi-cloud is this:
On the pro side is the ability to create a specialized architecture within a broad hybrid cloud environment and to be able to locate data closer to the stakeholders to improve performance. But, at the same time, the experience with many providers will help build institutional knowledge within the company that in turn will be able to be used to refine usage requirements.
On the con side there are likely to be some complex and interoperability challenges, plus the need to maintain a higher level of in-house cloud management. Overall, a multi-cloud approach is likely to lower costs and improve functionality.
Virtualization is created to foster assorted environments. Once you recognize that aligning IaaS infrastructure across many providers will give you limitless scalability that is a fundamental feature of the cloud. You have the ability to deliver knowledge across a vast variety of platforms, which will only lead to a greater collaboration and more rapid innovation.
The “data freedom” that early supporters have tried to describe as the ability of individual users to craft data environments by using a wide range of tools and then populating them with applications are best suited to the required task at hand. Embracing multiple cloud providers and integrating their applications under a company defined cloud architecture; the users will have no trouble finding a good steady stream of the newest software.
In reality, it is easy to expect the basic knowledge worker to know precisely what tools they will need for a given task and where to find time.
There is a great chance that a lot of companies are already multi-cloud users without even knowing it. Formally embracing a multi-cloud strategy from the start will ensure that the company will be able to avoid building similar environments in the cloud causing confusion in the data center.
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