Last month we wrote about how recent AWS, Azure, and Office 365 outages have highlighted the disaster recovery advantage of diversifying your cloud strategy. Let’s look at some more factors.
Each cloud, including private clouds like Fpweb.net, has different strengths that are better for some workloads than another. Multiple clouds helps avoid vendor lock-in. And along the same lines of being able to fail over with multiple clouds, is the ability to avoid the vulnerability of bandwidth problems with one provider.
Medium-to-large-sized enterprises might have enough time, people, budget, and expertise to support multiple cloud platforms. Enterprise Strategy Group research shows that 75 percent of current public cloud infrastructure customers use multiple cloud service providers and a recent study by Microsoft and 451 Research found nearly a third of organizations work with four or more cloud vendors. IDC predicts that 85 percent of enterprises will commit to a multi-cloud strategy by 2018.
Small-to-medium-sized businesses typically don’t have the resources to support multiple cloud platforms, so they may be more likely to go with just one cloud. As Dan Conde wrote in the March 20, 2017 ESG blog post “Multi-cloud or Not?,” a one cloud strategy looks more efficient at first glance, with only one security and operational model to learn.
However, you factor in the ability to fail over with multiple clouds in the event of a data center outage, bandwidth problems, vendor lock-in, and the best fit to the workload, and as Conde asks, “What is the break-even point?”
Putting all your eggs in one basket might be easier to manage, but that reward does not outweigh the risks.
David Richards wrote in the Feb. 6, 2017 Network World article “The future isn’t cloud. It’s multi-cloud” that a multi-cloud strategy can also help with data sovereignty and compliance issues by directing traffic to data centers closest to users based on their location.
Richards points out that many organizations might be gun-shy about moving large amounts of data between cloud providers because of downtime. This concern, along with those from smaller organizations without the resources to support multiple cloud platforms, brings another option to the table.
Leverage a managed service provider like Fpweb, where you can have multiple clouds managed by a team of multi-cloud experts. We can extend your team with 24/7 access to USA-based Absolute Support®. Learn more at fpweb.net/managed-services and contact us at [email protected] or 866-780-4678 to get started.