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November 24, 2020 - by Synoptek
The cloud is quickly becoming widely adopted as a technology and business enabler, but that umbrella term — excuse the pun — as well as buzzy phrases such as hybrid cloud and multi-cloud leave much to the imagination for those trying to develop a concrete cloud implementation. What do these terms mean and why all the buzz?
Industry insiders try to help define hybrid and multi-cloud by citing hybrid as the underlying technology — whether the cloud is a mix of private and public, on-premises, and outsourced resources — whereas multi-cloud is what business executives use to implement and manage cloud services from different providers. Although both hybrid implementations and multi-cloud strategies are increasingly popular, multi-cloud is discussed among IT staff and business executives. In the 8th Cloud Computing Survey by IDG, it turned out that more than 55% of the survey respondents had already moved to multiple public clouds setup.
The multi cloud strategy enables business executives to use different cloud providers for different purposes, offering privacy and security protections, diverse application offerings, flexibility and reliability, vendor lock-in avoidance, and overall cloud optimization. With an increasing list of cloud providers’ options without much discernible difference in price, company decision-makers can pick and choose cloud offerings based on the best provider for each part of their businesses. The Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report states that companies with more than 1000 employees tend to opt for multi-cloud hybrid implementations.
Here are the four key benefits of switching to a multi-cloud setup:
All the above risks are mitigated by choosing a multi-cloud strategy.
Multi-cloud strategies, however, are not without their pitfalls. So, what challenges and important considerations should business executives keep top of mind regarding multi-cloud implementations?
The reality is that multi-cloud use cases are many, but their potential pitfalls can be just as numerous if not managed appropriately.
Although not without their challenges, multi-cloud strategies make sense in many cases. For those short on cloud skills or overwhelmed by the complexity of multi-cloud planning, implementation, and management, partnering with a managed services provider (MSP) can help ensure you are getting the most out of your strategy and your investment. Many MSPs offer a customized interface that allows customers to review their multi-cloud providers and services from a single interface. Most MSPs also provide 24/7 support. This approach also enables in-house IT staff to focus on aligning with and meeting business objectives while MSP cloud experts help with the cloud operations heavy lifting.
At Synoptek, we guide and enable you to create the right hybrid and multi-cloud setups that streamline operations and drive better business. Learn more.
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