Multicloud Deployments Rise: 5 Benefits Of Multicloud


June 6, 2019 by Siobhan Climer

First, definitions.

Multicloud is not the same as hybrid cloud, or hybrid IT, though these two terms are often conflated.

Hybrid cloud is the concurrent use of both on-premise infrastructure, typically private clouds, with public clouds. If you want to be super fancy, you can talk about the pragmatic hybrid cloud – a term coined by David Linthicum, chief cloud strategy officer with Deloitte. This denotes the pairing of traditional on-premise systems with public clouds.

Multicloud isn’t technically either of these groupings. Multicloud refers to the use of multiple different public cloud providers.


We won’t dive into each iterative combination  – for example, you can have a multicloud environment that also utilizes a private cloud – because the big takeaway is that multicloud use is on the rise.

Synergy Research Group’s recent compilation of market share information shows that while Amazon Web Services (AWS) has remained the clear leader among public cloud providers, most of the other big cloud players are gaining ground.

What’s more? According to research released from IBM Institute at the end of 2018, 85% of enterprises already operate multicloud environments. By 2021, the report expects 98% of businesses will be multicloud.

But why?



Why Use Multiple Public Cloud Providers?


It sounds complex, but businesses are moving to multicloud for a reason. Multicloud environments offer a lot of benefits not afforded when using a single public cloud provider. No one wants to have all their eggs in one basket.

The primary motivator is risk mitigation. It is risky to rely exclusively on one provider (as demonstrated by Google just this week) for a multitude of reasons, and organizations that are able to utilize multiple servicers lessen the impact if one of those providers fails.


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5 Big Benefits Of Multicloud


Avoiding Vendor Lock-In – One of the primary motivators for multicloud deployments is the fear the business will be forever tied to a single provider. What happens if the company grows too big for the provider, or the company needs features not offered in that provider. If anything changes and the single provider is no longer a best-fit, the process of moving to another provider could be extremely time-consuming and expensive.

Optimizing Performance  – The reality is that the organization’s workloads, VMs, servers, databases, and applications may perform differently in different public cloud environments. By optimizing the multicloud environment so that each of these are optimized, businesses will have better performance overall.

Improving Reliability – When a public cloud provider goes down, especially one of the big players, it has a rippling affect around the world. By utilizing a multicloud environment, organizations are essentially diversifying their portfolio, ensuring that if – and when – one public cloud provider is unavailable, the entire business does not go down with it.

Cost Optimization – Not all cloud providers are created equal. For most businesses, budgets matter. Finding ways to support the organization’s strategic initiatives means making choices. A multicloud deployment could be one creative way to optimize costs around cloud technology and workload reliability.

Flexibility – Different data has different needs. Some is critical to the business and needs to reside under layers and layers of security. Other data may be vital in day-to-day functionality, where availability is key. At the same time, the business itself is always changing. The needs of tomorrow may be quite different than those of the present moment. Multicloud deployments allow organizations to grow, shift, and remain agile. Key in a world where everything is always changing.

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Siobhan Climer, Science and Technology Writer for Mindsight, writes about technology trends in education, healthcare, and business. She previously taught STEM programs in elementary classrooms and museums, and writes extensively about cybersecurity, disaster recovery, cloud services, backups, data storage, network infrastructure, and the contact center. When she’s not writing tech, she’s writing fantasy, gardening, and exploring the world with her twin two-year old daughters. Find her on twitter @techtalksio.

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