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Multi-cloud is gaining more traction every passing day for enterprises. While the idea has been there for many years, the lingering questions of seamless interoperability and complexities often pushed organizations from adopting them in a full-fledged manner. But the pandemic gave multi-cloud a much-needed push and has opened several new avenues.
It has also helped it become the cynosure of organizations seeking enterprise efficiency in operational efficiency and process effectiveness. This article discusses how multi-cloud connectivity has augmented enterprise efficiency.
What is Multi-Cloud connectivity?
Traditionally, most companies were tied to a particular cloud vendor, say Amazon, Azure, or Google. While they offered some benefits, more bottlenecks came in the way of their scalability and achieving enterprise efficiency in the most accurate form.
Multi-cloud is an evolved version of the hybrid cloud and is a deployment model comprising cloud computing services from different cloud vendors.
While the true meaning of having a multi-cloud environment is using a combination of IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) from multiple vendors, it can also include using a variety of IaaS, SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) from different parties. Given the complexities involved in using multiple cloud solutions effectively, there is a need for multi-cloud fabric creation that includes –
- Multi-domain connectivity
- Multi-vendor network orchestration
- Pervasive data privacy and security
- End-to-end visibility & Truncated complexity
Benefits of multi-cloud connectivity
The adoption of multi-cloud connectivity helps in the enterprise efficiency in the following ways –
- Cost efficiency
When you bifurcate the entire cloud ecosystem into different services, it becomes easier for the enterprise to negotiate the pricing for each. You also get a plethora of cloud providers offering discounts depending on the services available to them. In addition, there can be some services where you can grab services for cheap and save costs.
- No vendor lock-in
If you opt for a single cloud provider for all your cloud-based needs, you are often locked in and will continue to be with them even if the service deteriorates, owing to the difficulty in shifting data and the costs involved. In addition, if there is downtime, it can cause the entire structure to be immobile.
- Reduces downtime
Your servers’ downtime can cripple your entire operations if you only have a single cloud vendor for all your online connectivity needs. One such instance happened in 2017 when S3 was offline for over five hours, and AWS (Amazon Web Services) had to bear the brunt. Another recent example is the January 2021 Verizon Fios outage in the northeastern US that had left thousands of users fuming.
At one point, there were more than 22,000 reports of outages reported by the people, and it caused turbulence for the company and its users. However, if you go for a multi-cloud architecture, such happenings are unlikely to bring the entire system down as you have deployed offerings from multiple providers.
If you have undertaken service discovery, you would already know your assets well, and that would further help in dealing with adversities well.
- Data management flexibility
The last few years have seen most world data being created, which has led to data providers having issues with efficient data management. In such a situation, the classical multi-cloud scenario is best suited due to distributed data storage’s inherent characteristics. In addition, it also allows enterprises to scale effortlessly without having to worry about storage at their disposal, as in most scenarios, cloud providers come together to ensure the multitude of sensitive organizational data is safe and managed flexibly.
- Service agility
The legacy IT systems that are still part of several top companies or those employing on-premise and hardware storage limit their abilities to be functional and flexible indeed. In comparison, those adopting interoperable multi-cloud structures are more likely to hire competent multi-cloud providers who have the requisite experience and can handle their services well. In addition, it would allow you to be truly agile and ensure all your cloud-based storages work in unison.
- Data privacy and security
The legacy IT systems only had data housed with a single cloud provider. If there were an unwanted incident with that provider, it would inadvertently mean that all your valuable data is at risk.
With multi-cloud architecture, you are distributing your organizational data across providers. It would mean that even if one of them gets hit by a data leak, only a portion of your corporate data would be at stake.
- Augments innovation
By automating the multi-cloud architecture, enterprises can achieve efficiency by effectively managing disparate workloads. It would require seamless DevOps integration and adoption of hybrid workflows.
Robust orchestration helps deliver superior visibility, control, and governance across multiple cloud environments, thereby connecting applications and paving the way for innovation and opportunity creation.
- Improved resilience
When you distribute your data across cloud providers, it will enable you to be resilient in more ways than one. For example, one of your cloud providers suffered from a server crash, resulting in you losing some of your data.
But since you use multiple cloud services, you would keep backup of sensitive information with another provider, enabling you to master disaster recovery and come out of tricky situations unscathed. In addition, switching between providers is a breeze, ensuring that nothing can hinder your business operations for a long span.
- Low latency
network When you are working with multiple cloud services that are interoperable, it allows you to develop a high-speed, low-latency infrastructure conducive to superior business performance. It also contributes to cutting down costs of your IT system by leveraging proximity and creating private linking facilities across cloud providers.
- Achieve enterprise efficiency with iVedha Inc.
While multi-cloud is great for supercharging business operations, it also comes with its share of shortcomings and challenges. It calls for a need to bring in an expert who understands the deficiencies and how to deal with them when there is a need.
At iVedha Inc., we aim to empower organizations and help them transform seamlessly into a multi-cloud architecture. We offer many services to help you attain enterprise efficiency with ease.
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