Using multiple public, private clouds to improve operations

The growth of cloud computing during the past several years has led to a culmination in which a new model is emerging, promising to deliver answers that decision-makers are desperate for. The new concept, called "multicloud," is more complex and effective than the hybrid model, which simply combines a public and private service.

In a recent InfoWorld report, IT expert David Linthicum asserted that the multicloud, which is where the cloud landscape has been heading since its inception, adds more hosted services to the mix. This means that companies can use multiple public Infrastructure as a Service offerings, private cloud accounting capabilities and public on-demand security tools simultaneously. In other words, IT executives can customize their cloud landscape how they see fit, giving their organizations the best opportunities for the least amount of money.

This process of establishing a best-of-breed cloud landscape is similar to other technological endeavors in which decision-makers have integrated multiple tools together to meet their organization's unique demands, Linthicum noted. The only difference is that firms are combining cloud services from multiple vendors.

At the same time, embracing this new cloud computing architecture and mentality will require enterprises to keep several things in mind.

Planning for the new standard
When businesses leverage multiple clouds from various providers, executives need to ensure they select the most appropriate providers that meet their specific requirements. At the same time, decision-makers need to develop more robust security and governance strategies, Linthicum noted. This is largely because having both public and private cloud services in place, regardless of their purpose, will introduce a complex distribution process. If IT managers are not able to monitor and maintain a certain level of consistency throughout this procedure, they will likely encounter significant obstacles.

A TechRepublic report noted that using multiple clouds offers a new level of resiliency, improving the availability of mission-critical resources and reducing downtime. This means that companies can continue operating at all times, regardless of external and uncontrollable circumstances.

As the cloud landscape continues to evolve and take on new shapes and responsibilities, decision-makers should consider taking advantage of various public and private cloud services at the same time to build up a repertoire of more efficient and cost-effective hosted solutions. In doing so, firms may be able to develop a stronger long-term strategy.

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