The multi-cloud strategy has become a new trend and it is here to stay. There are many organisations willing to increase their investment and staffing for multi-cloud deployments. India is especially catching up in terms of multi-cloud strategies and is probably more equipped than other countries in embracing it. Numbers suggest that more than 60 percent of Indian enterprises are willing to adopt a multi-cloud strategy.
A multi-cloud strategy is different from the hybrid cloud in a way that it is more complex than a hybrid cloud, which is simply a combination of the private and public cloud. Multi-cloud, on the other hand, can comprise public IaaS, a private PaaS, on-demand scalability from public cloud hosting and security and control from private cloud hosting.
Why are enterprises leaning towards Multi-cloud trend?
Technology and its adoption have evolved drastically since the introduction of cloud computing. It has matured significantly over the years and “one-cloud-fits-all” approach does not work anymore. Enterprises are realising that one cloud is not sufficient to meet all their myriad needs. Different workloads have different optimal performance and cost utilisation. Therefore different cloud platforms and a multi-cloud strategy enables enterprises to create the optimal solution from various best-in-class technologies and services.
Some of the benefits because of which companies are inclining towards a multi-cloud approach are — the ability to manage supply-demand challenges, offer flexibility, agility, on-demand scalability, cost and performance advantages among others.
Here are the top reasons why Indian organisations are moving towards a multi-cloud strategy:
Ensuring a data gravity: Data is born and scattered across different environments which becomes difficult for enterprises to process data efficiently. An integrated suite such as access to multi-clouds will enable cost-effective delivery of complex, multiple use cases.
Easy availability and low latency: Multi-cloud especially works better with edge computing. Businesses today expect real-time availability and latency that is inherent in cloud services is simply unacceptable. With a multi-cloud infrastructure, latency is quite low enabling a seamless and unified end-user experience.
Scalability: Scalability and on-demand flexibility are the key requirements for organisations due to frequent spikes in business and end-user traffic. A multi-cloud approach offers scalability and throughput that far exceed traditional options.
Better ROI: Investing in a multi-cloud strategy can reap better ROIs instead of going for a single cloud provider. It can offer greater control and additional cost savings over a single cloud platform. It is a more cost-effective alternative.
Quick response time: The most cited benefit of multi-cloud is the ability to quickly and efficiently respond to changes and challenges within the business.
Seamless Integration Is Still A Challenge
While multi-clouds have many benefits and companies are openly adopting it, the one challenge that still remains is to tie different environments together to ensure seamless integration across the organisation. One of the other challenges is that multi-cloud SLAs (Service-Level Agreement) are not standardised as each provider selects their own metrics, restrictions, and exceptions with regards to infrastructure availability. There is also a lack of standards and ambiguity in some cases.
Some of the other challenges of adopting a multi-cloud strategy are app sprawl, managing multiple compliance requirements and unique vendor portals, ensuring seamless workflow migration across clouds, and maintaining tight security.
While these challenges remain potent, there is no denying that companies are open to accepting multi-cloud strategies as they offer more advantages than disadvantages. Given the fact that there are many companies now such as IBM offering multi-cloud services, it may become easier for companies to adopt it.