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Benefits to Consider from a Multi-Cloud Approach

Businesses’ cloud strategies have been transitioning to more refined approaches that enable them to achieve parts of what they need from one cloud provider and other parts of it from another. For example, they may run data analytics or machine learning workloads using one cloud service while simply storing raw data on an alternative one. This customized deployment approach of leveraging various cloud platforms is known as a multi-cloud strategy. And with it, businesses are able to secure the flexibility they need along their increasingly complex digital transformations.

Cloud is undoubtedly the future within business – and we’re already seeing it evolve. Businesses that adapt to the evolving cloud and adopt a multi-cloud strategy will gain an edge over their competition, while those that don’t will find themselves left behind.

In order for enterprises to ensure they can keep up, it is important to understand the benefits a business can reap from a multi-cloud approach.

Vendor Lock-In Does Not Exist

One fear of a multi-cloud approach is vendor lock-in, as it can be very costly for enterprises to move out of an arrangement they’re locked into with a single cloud provider, particularly when they’re already using their APIs and other proprietary services. By diversifying their clouds, businesses avoid this fear by no longer putting all their eggs in one basket.

In addition to this, a multi-cloud strategy can offer businesses an alternative to giving any one cloud vendor complete leverage over them. By deliberately dispersing their “eggs” into different baskets (or clouds), businesses gain greater flexibility with their cloud-hosted workloads along with a cost advantage by preserving pricing leverage with cloud providers.

Workloads Can be Optimized

As different cloud providers have different specialties, determining which cloud provider your applications will perform best in and deploying those applications accordingly will enable businesses to achieve higher efficiency, better compliance, cost savings and deliver greater quality of service. For example, a business might determine that its AI is supported best by IBM Cloud, but its enterprise workloads perform better on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. With the flexibility to move workloads and applications to the platform that is the best fit, businesses will reap the performance and efficiency benefits of a multi-cloud strategy.

Deploying the right app on the right cloud, and leveraging multiple clouds for different workloads, enables businesses to bolster reliability as well. By diversifying their workloads and reducing exposure to an outage or data breach, businesses gain greater risk management and have access to a secondary cloud in case their primary cloud experiences any downtime. Secondary clouds can act as a fail-safe solution to keep workloads running at all times.

Flexibility Unlocks Productivity, Efficiency and Cost Savings

In order to unlock the flexibility advantages that a multi-cloud strategy can afford businesses, organizations need to stop waiting for precision and instead jump into multi-cloud head-on. Enterprises will find they’re able to learn much more about what works and what doesn’t by doing rather than trying to perfect a plan.

Businesses will start to see the true value of a multi-cloud approach once they have the flexibility to move workloads across different cloud platforms. Enterprises that leverage a holistic cloud strategy that ties together multiple different cloud deployments will realize the advantages of multi-cloud – productivity, efficiency and cost savings – all while meeting their growing business needs.

As businesses look to take the leap, the key to success is to have the right connectivity to the various cloud platforms. Carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation environments can help simplify and strengthen a multi-cloud strategy by giving business a better choice for connecting to the cloud. Businesses gain the benefit of low latency connectivity through colocation data centers that offer direct interconnections to multiple cloud service providers within the same facility, which ultimately translates to better service for customers, even as businesses grow.

About the Author

Bill Fenick is Vice President, Enterprise for Interxion. He has over 25+ years of financial services and enterprise experience in a variety of strategy, sales and marketing roles at Tibco Inc. and Thomson Reuters. Bill holds a PhD from University of Vienna, an MA from Webster University in Vienna and a BA from UCLA.

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