No multi-cloud without a well-balanced strategy

If IDC analysts are right, by 2022, about 90 percent of all companies worldwide will work with a mix of local, dedicated private clouds, multiple public clouds, and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs. The international technology research and consulting firm predicts that the coming year will be all about multi-clouds.

But with the current hype, it is often forgotten that: The use of multiple clouds does not automatically lead to the agility and flexibility that most companies hope for.

In order to get the most out of a mix of private and public clouds in practice, a well-thought-out strategy is needed in which the security of processes and data must play the key role. The degree of automation is also essential. Because a multi-cloud environment (especially in times of skill shortage) is simply not manageable by manual means alone.

If you want to avoid the great “cloud disappointment”, a well-known phenomenon from the early days of the broader use of virtual resources, you would do well to be guided by business considerations and not by technical performance promises. Otherwise, in addition to administrative chaos, security vulnerabilities (which may also attract malicious attackers), there is often the threat of unnecessarily high costs, dependence on a particular cloud provider and, in the worst case, the loss of business-critical data.

To guide decision-makers, we have captured the most frequently pursued multi-cloud strategies at the moment and shed light on the different objectives, approaches and selection criteria for:

  1. Backup-Only Strategy
  2. Move-Ready Strategy
  3. Failover Strategy
  4. Strategy of the most economical resources
  5. Strategy of technology advantage
  6. PoD strategy

 

Our whitepaper “Multi-Cloud. Business Success Through the Right Strategy” outlines the trade offs needed in advance and the specific issues that companies need to address in order to arrive at the most appropriate multi-cloud strategy. The author Janos Pasztor, cloud and strategy expert at A1 Digital, describes the achievable business and process advantages, identifies the risks and clears up common misunderstandings.