A New Approach Takes Advantage Of Cloud Consumption

Nearly half of all IT administrators and decision makers say moving to the cloud or figuring out how to take advantage of its benefits remains a top priority, even as 2017 comes to a close.

Like with all technologies, however, cloud is evolving – arguably faster than any other enterprise-level need – and offering a variety of ways end users can store data, deploy new tools, and even create applications. What becomes a stumbling block, however, is the initial move to the cloud, how that impacts up front cost, and which service provider suits the business’s needs best.

Not all cloud service providers are created equal. Some are great at data storage; others have expertise in aiding development, and businesses need the best of all worlds. That’s where the new multi-cloud architecture is bringing rapid changes to the options laid out before an IT administrator.

Consider this: 55% of enterprises who are in the cloud use a hybrid architecture, and a massive 82% claim they use multiple clouds and service providers.

Anyone who’s moved their workloads to the cloud can speak to a months-long war story about the migration and how the process went. So why in the world would an IT administrator seek to do it multiple times?

There are multiple challenges, of course, which cause hesitancy from users to jump into the multi-cloud fray. Some of those include:

  • Evolving needs alongside technologies that are still nascent have pushed enterprises to take a step back
  • Most network service providers do not have ecosystems with multiple cloud service providers as part of their workflow, leading to contracts with multiple providers, ultimately turning into higher cost and more arduous legwork
  • With each new cloud layer comes a new firewall protection requirement, adding cost

Just as cloud-only computing is becoming the norm, multi-cloud management and diversifying a company’s data and capabilities is a booming business. According to MarketsandMarkets, the multi-cloud management industry will see a CAGR of 30.9% between 2017 and 2022, jumping from $1.17 billion to $4.493 billion. And what’s driving it?

“The demand for the multi-cloud management market is said to be driven by many factors, such as the avoidance of vendor lock-ins, increased agility and automation, and the need for a high-level of governance and policies,” the report states. “With the increase in the adoption rate of cloud computing among enterprises, the multi-cloud management market is expected to gain a major traction.”

“For the last couple of years we’ve started to explore workloads that go to the cloud,” said ESG Global Senior Analyst Mark Bowker. “These are net new opportunities. Users are (going to the cloud) with more comfort, and more trust. They’re more aware now and confidence is certainly up in the cloud consumption model.”

The benefits of diversifying one’s cloud portfolio, so to speak, are much more than cost savings. In terms of security, if a company puts all its proverbial data eggs in one basket – or one CSP – and that server or provider is breached via DDoS attack, that enterprise can basically assume it’ll be in disaster recovery mode for months to come.

Spreading that info around clearly lessens the risk of a security incident – at least for the data field’s entirety, giving the enterprise piece of mind that what may not be safe over here will at least be locked down over there.

But what may be the biggest supporting piece of a multi-cloud portfolio for IT administrators is the ability to have choice. More options and locations to store data of specific sensitivity; more choices of where to build this application or develop this security component. No single cloud provider can suit all needs, so why not have a single company’s needs be spread across all cloud capabilities?

Learn more about multi-cloud computing in an Enterprise Mobility Exchange report, titled “Cloud Strategy Streamlined: Optimizing Enterprise Options,” by clicking here.