Why embrace a multi cloud strategy?

Having implemented a single cloud and associated strategy, you might think me crazy for suggesting you embrace a multi cloud strategy. However, sticking to one provider can negate some of the best reasons for moving to the cloud in the first place. Through matching your organisation’s business needs to the right cloud services, you can create a more flexible, cost effective means to deliver IT services. Whilst more complex in the planning stage, I feel that the benefits outweigh this. These benefits include:

Functionality

Not all off the shelf cloud solutions have the same features. Some are geared towards crunching workloads, others around security and database performance and some around analytics. A multi cloud approach allows you attach the best platform to each service. This can help reduce costs whilst optimising performance and delivery.

Lower Risk and Greater Availability

With the main cloud providers supporting multiple regions around the globe, and delivering notably high availability, it is worth noting that both Azure and AWS have both experienced outages to multiple regions at the same time. This is due to cyber hacking teams focusing on a specific cloud vendor during their hack. If your workload requires the ultimate in availability, then you really should be looking at a multi-cloud, multi-region strategy.

Location

New rules such as GDPR mean different requirements for data storage and protection in different regions. A multi-cloud approach allows you to put your data with a provider who closely aligns to the requirements your organisation adheres to.

Cost

Although It seems to me that cost is becoming less of a driver as the costs continue to decline, depending on your use, the costs between providers can still be substantial. The reasoning for this is some cloud vendors charge low prices for specific configurations but charge more for custom ones. Additionally, some charge for storage, some for cycles and some for APIs.

In a multi-cloud approach, you need to define a model that allows you to compare the costs and benefits of your services across clouds. You should also note how often the vendor changes their price and product mix over time.  This allows you to compare the vendors in a realistic way. Not being beholden to any one vendor also improves your position during negotiations over time.

To summarise, a multi-cloud strategy could provide significant benefit to your organisation. PS+C Sacon have the expertise, experience and models to help you understand the cost benefits, prepare the business case and perform the necessary migrations to get the most out of your cloud investments.