Managing the Downsides of Being Multi-Cloud
Any list of top cloud buzzwords today would have to include “multi-cloud.”
While most businesses have long used a range of public, private and hybrid cloud services to meet different needs, it’s the decision by more organizations to use multiple public cloud services/platforms—i.e., more than one Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution or more than one Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) platform—that has put the multi-cloud phenomenon front and center.
It would be a mistake, however, to view multi-cloud as a passing fad. It’s not going away. As a Navisite white paper on multi-cloud notes, thanks to an array of supply and demand factors, the rate of multi-cloud adoption shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon:
- As public cloud providers keep expanding the range of services they offer across compute, storage, analytics, and disaster recovery, there are more reasons to choose different services from different providers.
- Organizations are demanding multi-cloud to avoid vendor lock-in and gain more control over workload location—for example, to improve user experience with cloud services, keep analytics closer to where data is being generated and/or store data in compliance with specific laws, regulations and corporate policies.
But there’s an unavoidable downside to any multi-cloud effort—added complexity and its inevitable comrade-in-arms, added cost.
Cloud providers all have their own flavor of applications, services, interfaces, and management tools, so having more clouds means allocating more resources to understanding and managing this assortment of individual capabilities.
The challenges increase if your goal is to actively shift workloads and data between cloud providers to get the best combination of services, cost and performance. That’s the multi-cloud dream, but achieving it is harder than it seems and requires even more management effort. That’s often when organizations seek out the support of a managed cloud service provider (MCSP), such as Navisite.
MCSPs offer something most organizations find both nearly impossible to duplicate and uniquely valuable in today’s multi-cloud world: experience supporting a wide range of applications across different cloud services and providers, and the ability to help organizations plan, execute and optimize their environments’ migrations.
In our white paper— we take a closer look at the multi-cloud phenomenon, the supply and demand factors that guarantee it’s here to stay, and the contributions Navisite can make to your multi-cloud strategy.
Take advantage of any or all of them, and be sure to visit our Multi-Cloud Management Services page. When you’re ready to discuss how Navisite can help you benefit from multi-cloud, contact us or call (888) 298-8222.