Jim Brull

 

According to Cloud Computing News, more than half of all enterprises are using cloud as their primary data infrastructure already but are interested in expanding their cloud capabilities by optimizing their costs, increasing their agility, and mitigating their perceived or real security risk. If this sounds like you, you may want to consider a multi-cloud environment. 

Whether you’ve been hearing about the multi-cloud and you’re not sure what it is, or you’re thinking that a multi-cloud environment may fit your needs perfectly but you aren’t sure how to get started with the technology, this detailed multi-cloud guide is worth a read. 

Especially since you’re probably already using the multi-cloud and you don’t even know it yet.

What Is Multi-Cloud? 

We all know that the cloud has been around for a while, but, until recently, large-scale cloud implementations were only really available for small businesses or startups. Though large enterprises were desperately in need of cost-saving IT solutions that could help them scale their computing power at will, long-standing enterprises were barred from cloud entry by their complex, multi-tiered systems that featured complicated networking and storage requirements. 

For years, the smaller companies disrupted industries with the agility they’d gained from their access to cloud computing… but that’s all changed. Now large organizations also have the power to move their businesses to the cloud and many are gaining the competitive edge by choosing a multi-cloud deployment. 

Multi-cloud sounds complex, but it’s very simple: it means you choose two or more vendors to serve your different cloud needs. 

In practice, this could mean you have both an IaaS and a PaaS solution, each from different vendors, or you have two IaaS solutions or even 2 SaaS solutions from different vendors. In fact, any combination of 2+ cloud solutions counts as a multi-cloud system. For instance, if you currently use Google Cloud Platform for analytics functions and Oracle Cloud for storage, you’re already running a multi-cloud system. 

And the trend is increasing. 

According to a 2017 study from 451 Research, 69% of companies are planning to have some type of multi-cloud environment by 2019, and according to RightScale’s “State of the Cloud” survey from2018, companies are already using nearly five cloud vendors on average, and 81% of businesses have a multi-cloud strategy.

What Are the Benefits of Multi-Cloud?

  • Best fit / best-of-breed approach 

Not all clouds are created equal. Some cloud solutions are better for protecting sensitive data, others are better for quickly processing big data. With a multi-cloud approach, you can optimize the capabilities of each environment to deliver the best performance for each workload. 

  • Increased pace of acceleration

In today’s business landscape, speed is everything. The faster you can get a new app or service to market, the faster you’ll gain the competitive edge. If you take too long to release your new innovation, it’s highly likely that another company will have already beaten you to the punch. Using a multi-cloud environment such as Oracle Cloud PaaS, can accelerate your development timelines by months. 

  • Fluid environment with better scalability and flexibility

A properly managed multi-cloud system can help you distribute your resource allocation to keep up with your consumption, so you know you’ll always have the bandwidth and speed you need to support your employees and customers with ease. 

  • Works your way

The monolithic systems of yesterday required you to modify your workflows and habits to fit their systems, but these days it takes too much time to adjust to a new system. Multi-cloud environments match your workflow perfectly, especially if you have an expert cloud consultant add a layer of abstraction. 

  • Reliable system and a trusted failover

Downtime costs money and eats into your productivity, and it can also damage your reputation. When you deploy your system over more clouds, you can better ensure overall reliability and uptime. 

  • Reduces or eliminates vendor lock-in

Your business is more competitive than ever now, and cloud vendors are more competitive than ever now too. With a multi-cloud system, you can avoid vendor lock-in and better ensure data portability, especially when you choose a system that runs a wide variety of workloads. For example, Oracle Cloud IaaS can run both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads. 

What Are the Drawbacks of Multi-Cloud? 

  • Messy portal management

More clouds mean more logins and more administrative management tasks. With two or three clouds, this can be manageable, but too many cloud portals can slow the pace of business to a crawl. Luckily, this problem can be easily eliminated with increased abstraction. 

  • Limited governance insight

With multiple clouds running, it can be nearly impossible to set up a transparent, fully compliant system that’s easy to govern. In fact, one of the toughest things to manage with a multi-cloud environment is a comprehensive and comprehensible audit trail. Cloud experts can help with suggestions for effective governance tools that are available for multi-cloud environments. 

  • Potential for security risks

More clouds can create a broader attack surface and increased integrations through APIs can lead to hard-to-manage vulnerabilities for your system. Set up properly, multi-cloud systems are usually more secure than on-premises systems, but you’ll want to pay attention to security as you add each new cloud solution to your portfolio. 

  • Unclear pricing and possible cost overages

Many companies are surprised to discover that cloud’s lauded “low costs” actually cost more than their previous on-premises systems. This can lead to sticker shock. Cloud is expensive, there’s no denying that, but convenient, cutting-edge systems usually are. Unfortunately, multi-cloud systems may offer even more of a pricing surprise because vendors rarely price their services similarly and comparing cloud costs can feel like you’re comparing apples to oranges. 

For Multi-Cloud, the Time Is Now

According to a VMWare research report released in 2018, multi-cloud deployments may cause some administrative headaches in their first year, but within their first five years they offer increased security and drive growth. For multi-cloud environments that were at least six years old, VMWare discovered that the mature environments offered nearly unlimited potential, including the ability to integrate AI, machine learning, and IoT devices, all with unmatched security and flexibility. 

These results are astonishing, and they make it clear that if you haven’t considered a multi-cloud environment thus far, there’s no time like the present. It’s time to start thinking. 

Like all things cloud, your choice of vendor, cloud service, and IT services model is entirely your choice. The power is always in your hands. 

However, as they say, “With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s up to you to make the right cloud choices for your specific needs and objectives – but you don’t have to make those choices alone. 

For the past 20 years, Centroid has helped a wide variety of companies find and implement technology that makes sense for their organizations. As one of the most experienced cloud partners in the Oracle ecosystem, Centroid offers unique insight and integration opportunities for Oracle Cloud IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions – so your company can be assured you’ll have the right solution for your needs, both now and in the future. 

Many of today’s leading companies, including Toshiba, Subaru, and Overstock.com, have added Oracle cloud capabilities to their multi-cloud environment setup by partnering with Centroid. Learn if your organization could benefit from an Oracle cloud system when you contact the Oracle Cloud Experts. 

 

Contact Centroid online or at (877) 868-1753 to set up your multi-cloud consultation with a cloud expert today.