It was roughly ten years ago that cloud technology really took off, allowing businesses to move their servers away from expensive and inflexible corporate data centers to something more robust and adaptable. Companies first started investing in major industry leaders like AWS, but now many other software giants are closing the gap, with Microsoft Azure, the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Alibaba Cloud, and Oracle Cloud all aiming to take a piece of the global Cloud market. All of this means that there are no shortage of options for those looking to move to the cloud.
There are many reasons to do so as well, as it can reduce costs, speed up time to market, and generally bolster innovation, among many other things. However, moving to the cloud doesn’t have to mean that your IT applications and infrastructure should stay on one cloud service provider alone, since this can lead to dependence on only a single platform and limit their innovation to one cloud service provider with no bargaining power on cost. To avoid this issue, many companies are turning to multi-cloud options, which offer a degree of control and versatility that is simply not possible when locked down to a single platform.
As the name suggests, multi-cloud refers to the use of multiple cloud computing and storage devices in a single network architecture, distributing several assets and applications across several different cloud environments in order to eliminate over-reliance on any single provider or service. There are many reasons to go with this approach, but the simplest is that different providers are simply better suited for handling specific tasks than others. For example, Azure’s strength lies in Machine Learning and Edge Computing, while GCP provides access to the multi-cloud Kubernetes engine. Rather than relying on any single platform, you can choose several, tailoring your choices to your exact needs.
In addition, such an approach generally means that you have better security and greater control over mission-critical data, as multi-cloud infrastructure typically allows organizations to have both the immediate access of data offered by keeping systems on the premises, while also having the additional security provided by dedicated cloud services. Multi-cloud infrastructure is also less prone to disaster, as sustaining your applications and data on another cloud platform provides critical failover capability to support customers if one of the cloud platforms has an unexpected outage, along with greatly reducing downtime.
Though the benefits of a multi-cloud approach are apparent, there are also important considerations to make before adopting such a setup. Cost is a factor, especially right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as companies and federal agencies are working with tight budgets. Additionally, going from on-premises to a multi-cloud set up takes time and hard work, as companies will need to do their due diligence and research multiple cloud service providers in order to determine their unique capabilities. If nothing else, the many nuances between platforms means that you should take your transition slowly, as jumping straight into a multi-cloud setup can be daunting for those who lack such familiarity with different platforms.
Of course, we at Navitas are here to help with this transition; we are currently assisting a leading federal agency as a prime contractor in implementing multi-cloud strategies, best practices, governance, and security processes. Our cloud architects can help your organization by assessing your current cloud landscape, migrating IT systems to cloud based systems, and bringing the true value of multi-cloud capabilities into your company or agency!
Shashi has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry with experience in Big 5 consulting, public sector, and financial industries. Shashi has helped Navitas win several new accounts by providing strategic technology and consulting expertise in Scaled Agile, DevSecOps, Cloud and Big Data analytics.