Confused About Multi-Cloud? You're Not Alone

    June 22, 2017

    By Per Bauer

    Multi-cloud is getting a lot of attention everywhere. Despite the hype, there’s a lot of confusion about the benefits and challenges of using it.

    Cloud computing plays a huge role in enterprise IT today. Each advancement—or trend—in cloud usage forces a change in best practices. This leaves many companies struggling to operate strategically with the cloud. And IT departments are left pushing a cloud initiative—without understanding why.

    The latest cloud trend is multi-cloud. 77 percent of enterprises plan to use a multi-cloud solution in the near future, according to a Dimension Research survey from last year.

    Despite the popularity of multi-cloud, many companies are confused about what “multi-cloud” actually means.

    Is Multi-Cloud the Same as Hybrid Cloud?

    Let’s make it clear. Multi-cloud is not the same as hybrid cloud.

    Multi-cloud covers any cloud-based infrastructure deployed across two or more cloud providers.

    Hybrid cloud is a type of multi-cloud network. Specifically, hybrid cloud combines on-premises, traditional IT solutions with the cloud.

    So, every hybrid cloud is a multi-cloud network. But not every multi-cloud infrastructure is a hybrid cloud.

    There are many reasons why companies utilize multi-cloud solutions.

    Some companies develop a multi-cloud system as a result of shadow IT. This usually happens when decisions about cloud resources are made without input from IT.

    Other companies use multi-cloud strategically under the guidance of IT. For these companies, multi-cloud is all about handling individual processes, optimizing speeds, and making sure the network stays online.

    How to Manage Multi-Cloud Challenges

    It’s no surprise that multi-cloud—just like any other IT solution—offers challenges.

    The biggest one is the complexity of the cloud, which increases with each additional cloud resource. It takes IT skills to decide when, where, and why to move things to the cloud. You also need these skills to plan security and cloud service governance (a.k.a. policies for using the cloud).

    Resources in a multi-cloud environment often come from different vendors. And IT needs to manage relationships with each of them. On top of that, it’s often up to IT to integrate resources that weren’t built to work together.

    Multi-Cloud Doesn’t Need to Be Complicated

    It’s true. Multi-cloud does add complexity to any IT infrastructure. This often leads to costs (and infrastructure) getting out of hand.

    That’s why it’s more important now than ever to use cloud management software. The right software helps IT teams avoid overprovisioning and outages—the two most common (and expensive) network issues.

    Take capacity planning software, like Vityl Adviser. You can use the software to monitor your entire infrastructure and get feedback on the health of your services. This makes it easy for IT to resolve an issue before it turns into a costly error.

    Don’t let the challenges of multi-cloud stop you. Get the right tools to simplify multi-cloud environments—and take full advantage of the flexibility it offers.

    Category: cloud