In my previous blog I have discussed about cloud benefits and its pros and cons. In this article I would like to talk about Multi-Cloud benefits and why it is becoming new trend for enterprises.
First, what is Multi-cloud? – A multi-cloud strategy is the use of two or more cloud computing services by an organization. For example, an organization would be using different clouds like Azure, GCP and AWS for IaaS and PaaS.
According to RightScale 2019 State of the cloud report from Flexera, Multi-Cloud Is the Preferred Strategy Among Enterprises
Since last year State of the Cloud Survey, the percentage of enterprises that have a multi-cloud strategy grew to 84 percent vs 81 percent in 2018. Those planning a hybrid cloud strategy grew to 58 percent from 51 percent in 2018.
Above stats shows that multi-cloud remains the trend for most of the organizations. Almost every business is using cloud at some level, with both public and private cloud adoption growing exponentially.
Some organizations are setting up hybrid clouds with diverse of multi-clouds where private and public clouds are tightly integrated. So, that workload can move easily from one cloud to another.
Well, lets talk about why Multi-Cloud strategy is trend and what are its benefits;
1. Flexibility – To move workload from one cloud to another incase of disaster or maintenance without affecting business. A Multi-cloud strategy gives businesses the flexibility to change vendors and services whenever a different option become preferable.
2. Financial optimization – Multi-Cloud strategy allows organizations to select the vendor and services that offers best price for a particular service. This will avoid unnecessary public cloud spend.
3. Reliability – One of the key benefits of Multi-cloud strategy is reliability as many organizations use multiple clouds as their Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
4. No Vendor Lock-in – Another key benefit of Multi-Cloud is vendor lock-in. If an organization is using single cloud vendor, then they will be completely reliant on vendor. If there is a disaster in that particular cloud, then until vendor fix the problem your business will be impacted and if vendor chooses to hike the prices then an organization will not have any option other than paying extra.
Where as in Multi-Cloud strategy you have freedom to move across if vendor increases prices or if there is a disaster in cloud.
Conclusion: As we know “Business is all about making a right choice at right time”. Plan consciously considering your organization needs and create a strategy.