A Guide to Multi-Cloud Strategy for Your Business

Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Strategy

A multi-cloud strategy is an increasingly popular approach to IT infrastructure, especially in the enterprise. With multi-cloud, businesses can take advantage of the benefits of different cloud providers while avoiding the pitfalls of relying too heavily on one provider. A multi-cloud strategy can help businesses reduce costs, increase flexibility, and improve resilience. This blog will discuss how multi-cloud can help your business strategy.

Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Strategy

1. Increased Flexibility and Scalability

A multi-cloud strategy provides organisations with increased flexibility and scalability by allowing them to choose the cloud provider that best meets their needs for each workload. This approach also allows organisations to take advantage of the cost savings and unique features offered by each provider and the ability to scale their cloud infrastructure up or down as needed.

Furthermore, with so many price adjustments, it’s beneficial to have effective cost management and cost optimisation, using multiple cloud providers gives greater control and management of cost.

2. Improved Performance and Reliability

Organisations can improve the security and reliability of their data by using multiple cloud providers, backing up their data in multiple locations and deploying their data in the most efficient way possible. By adding performance monitoring over all the environments, enterprises can better manage workloads based on price and performance, scheduling and completing workloads where most efficient.

3. Reduced Risk

A multi-cloud strategy can help reduce risk by providing redundancy with multi-cloud backup and restore capabilities. By leveraging multiple cloud providers, organisations can ensure that their data is stored in multiple locations and is secure from potential outages or data breaches. Additionally, working over multi-cloud reduces vendor lock-in and simplifies future migrations between services or service providers.

5 Key Components of a Multi-Cloud Strategy

1. Cloud Provider Selection

The first step in developing a multi-cloud strategy is to select the cloud providers that best fit your business’s needs based on your workloads and the needs of the end-users you are servicing. You’ll need to evaluate the services and features each provider offers and the pricing models they use. You’ll also need to consider your existing infrastructure and whether it’s compatible with the selected cloud providers.

Cloud migration, management and professional services costs have generally been significantly underestimated by enterprises as they transition to hyper-scale environments. It is therefore advisable for enterprises to work with a Cloud Service Provider who can design, build, migrate, manage and optimise multi-cloud environments.

2. Cloud Architecture

Once you’ve selected the cloud providers, you’ll need to design your architecture. This involves deciding how to structure and configure your cloud environment, including which services and features to use and how to connect the different cloud providers. It’s also important to understand the nuances and details as to what can be supported on different platforms and how specific services function. Many services you expect to be able to port to, just aren’t built and run in the same way by the hyper-scale provider. The result adds time, cost and complexity to migration and to running multi-cloud, where essentially you need to be able to run the same services regardless of the underlying providers.

3. Security

Security is a critical component of any cloud strategy and is especially important when using multiple cloud providers. You’ll need to ensure that all your data is secure across all cloud providers and that you have appropriate access control measures. This is done by understanding risk and mitigating risk, a managed service provider should have security as a critical design and operational consideration.

The approach to security in multi-cloud should be based on zero trust and encompass all parts of an enterprise’s services, networks, systems and users. This should be managed through security control mechanisms and governance including ISO27001 as well as a managed 24×7 Security Operations Centre.

4. Monitoring and Management

Managing a multi-cloud environment can be complex, and you’ll need to ensure that all cloud providers are functioning correctly. You’ll also need to set up monitoring and alerting systems so that you can quickly identify and resolve any issues. Each platform offers different management and monitoring tools and pulling them together into operation and cost management dashboards is imperative.

5. Cost Management

One of the main advantages of a multi-cloud strategy is the ability to take advantage of different pricing models. You’ll need to carefully monitor and manage your cloud costs so you’re not overspending. You should also consider using cost optimisation tools to help you identify and reduce unnecessary costs. Utilising data tagging that’s consistently deployed within the enterprise is also a useful way to forecast expenses and understand where costs are being incurred and how to best manage them.

Final Thoughts

A multi-cloud strategy is a great way for businesses to optimise costs, increase scalability, and gain access to the latest technologies and services. It also gives businesses more flexibility and control over their IT infrastructure and allows them to take advantage of features only available on certain cloud platforms. With the right multi-cloud strategy, businesses can get the most out of their cloud resources and ensure that their operations run smoothly.

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