According to a study by Microsoft and 45 Research Cloud computing was supposed to bring ease for IT environments. Nearly a third of organizations work with four or more cloud vendors. It clearly indicates that multi-cloud is the future of cloud computing. But what is driving this trend?
Organizations can use the solutions that are best suited to their needs. As these organizations simply have more option because of multi cloud in which using multiple cloud providers to support different applications and workloads For example, an organization’s core applications may need resilient applications that can run even if local power is lost or that can expand or contract their capacity depending on workload.
On the network world the cloud continues to rise and fall
to enhance productivity of the organization other departments in the same organization may need customer management and data analytic and modeling tools available anywhere in the world.
For such type of organizations settling upon a single cloud model would create compromises that would ultimately dilute its benefits and the business use case. These are generally inevitable big companies with many divisions and their own agendas and vendor alliances will end up with multiple clouds.
A quarter of European firms are not happy with their cloud service providers majorly because of their ill service performance, weak service-level guarantees and a lack of personalized support. According to a report by ovum
Multi-cloud strategy reduces susceptibility
A cloud application that consistently goes offline doesn’t seem well for a business and can ultimately lose it customers. If critical data and applications depend on a single cloud provider the ability to negotiate through business disagreements and arbitrage compute and data storage pricing is also constrained. Therefore organizations generally tend to prefer a multi-cloud strategy to get out of the problems like “keeping all your eggs in one basket” problem that can leave them susceptible to a variety of issues, such as cloud data center outages, bandwidth problems and vendor lock-in.
Storing data locally reduces the issues over data sovereignty whilst directing traffic to data centers closest to users based on their location is vital for latency-sensitive applications because Data sovereignty and compliance issues are also leading to a surge in multi-cloud as organizations, particularly in Europe, they worry about how to comply with current rules and their exposure if they operate in areas where no rules governing cloud services yet exist.
The reality is that moving shifting between clouds can be challenging while organizations may want to deploy a multi-cloud strategy. The cloud is no exception unfortunately, no two IT environments are ever alike,. While cloud providers do all they can to make it easier for their clients to move applications to their platforms, they don’t want to make it easy to leave—after all absolute portability would reduce their business to a price-sensitive commodity.
Many organizations are rightly concerned about the downtime involved in moving petabytes of data between cloud providers. Fortunately, the same patented Active Data Replication technology that all the major cloud vendors offer to make it simple for customers to move to the cloud can also be used to migrate data between the clouds.
It shows that Google recognizes that multi-cloud environments are the future according to the recent acquisition by Google orbitera a platform that supports multi-cloud commerce, the ramifications of this are huge. While Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the dominant player in the space, businesses wanting the freedom to juggle multiple cloud services and avoid vendor lock-which may will help the other players to catch up..