Multicloud connectivity: The new normal for enterprises?

Intercloud.May 24, 2023

Faster response to business needs, reduced IT capital expenses and better ability to deploy IT resources where needed are among the top benefits experienced by enterprises using multicloud services. But what is multicloud and why organizations choose to implement a multicloud strategy?

What is multicloud 

We can refer to multicloud when enterprises need services or resources from multiple public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. In this case they connect their networking infrastructure to multiple clouds. This refers to the distribution of cloud assets, software, applications, and more across several cloud environments. With a typical multicloud architecture utilizing two or more public clouds as well as private clouds, a multicloud environment aims to eliminate the reliance on any single cloud provider or instance. Most organizations adopt a multicloud strategy out of a desire to avoid vendor lock-in or to take advantage of best-of-breed solutions, according to Gartner. 

In a recent 451 Research study, 76% of organizations cited having more than one public cloud vendor for IaaS, and 39% are using at least three, demonstrating the prevalence of the multicloud approach.

Decision drivers behind adopting multicloud

Leveraging multicloud usually rests on three considerations:

  1. Sourcing: The desire to increase agility, responsiveness and avoid vendor lock-in.
  2. Architecture: Modern applications enable businesses to implement a data architecture that captures data at the edge and transport it securely to nearest locations for processing to deliver real-time insights.
  3. Governance: To implement a successful cloud-enabled transformation initiative, businesses must manage security, service level agreements (SLAs), skill set, tools, and all forms of inconsistency across different technology stacks. This requires IT teams to adopt new technologies and approaches to tackle network design, operations, and data governance across multiple cloud providers.

Value and benefits of multicloud

Organizations want it all - threat protection capabilities, full visibility, scalability, and simplified management to help lower capital and operational costs and provide performance increases. None of them can be achieved overnight, but CEOs, CIOs, line of business and business technology leaders have to set the line of travel and drive towards their ultimate goal.

We see four main multicloud benefits that organizations should consider when choosing their cloud strategy:

  1. Advanced security and regulatory compliance - a multicloud strategy enables you to map and meet compliance requirements and create common security policies across the organizations for all users, data, and applications;
  2. Simplify global connectivity between data centers and public clouds to reduce maintenance and operations costs and make management easier;
  3. Deploy common, integrated performance monitoring and management tools across cloud native, on premises and legacy applications to enable network optimization and ensure availability across multiple clouds;
  4. Avoid vendor lock-in by planning for a cloud exit strategy. With a multicloud approach, you are not tied to a single provider. You can choose the best solution for your business needs. Also review service level agreements to understand the key metrics across network, applications, and infrastructure.

Challenges of multicloud

The world of multicloud deployments brings enormous benefits and significant new challenges and priorities. The reason is simple. There is a fundamental difference between deploying multiple cloud technologies and having the skills and processes in place to effectively manage this new hybrid IT environment. Some of the most common multicloud challenges include increased security risks, increased complexity operating or administering multiple techs, as well as increased complexity of managing the associated costs of moving data to and from different cloud environments.

According to Forrester, traditional security models cannot cope with multicloud environments. The analyst is urging organizations to adopt a “Zero Trust” architecture that abandons the concept of a trusted network inside a defined corporate perimeter, to focus on securing the data. Whether or not organizations buy into a “Zero Trust'' security model, those that are developing an effective, unified multicloud management strategy are realizing they need to use the same management tools, processes and metrics to manage all their cloud resources, and rely on an appropriate connectivity solution to ensure business continuity and performance. More so, they are seeking out technologies and services that help manage their relationships with multiple cloud vendors and protect against the threats that exist on public networks.

The InterCloud approach

So how do you realize the true power of the cloud? Working with a cloud agnostic partner who has deep expertise across all major cloud providers can help you plan your cloud strategy so that you extract maximum business value. Here’s how the InterCloud multicloud platform can help you.

The InterCloud platform enables businesses to streamline their cloud and network operations.. InterCloud reduces the need for human intervention and improves business performance with speed and agility by harnessing advanced automated tools and improved visibility and reliability of network performance and availability across multicloud environments. Its central automated layer enables businesses to connect and inter-connect their resources based on their goals without having to worry about underlying connectivity or network performance. The platform and managed services offering also reduces the cost chaos that comes with managing a complex cloud environment with multiple vendors, allowing businesses to maintain uptime, performance, and reliability while also ensuring cost efficiency.

The InterCloud advantage: A one-stop-shop to manage your cloud

  • Global reach: Single, scalable network infrastructure with access to 100% of cloud service providers (CSPs) with exceptional service level agreements (SLAs).
  • Security and resiliency: Simplify and manage security policies and operations across disparate cloud environments.
  • Scalability and speed: Create a multicloud network that connects your cloud applications as you need, without restrictions.
  • Visibility and control: Deliver operational visibility, analytics, and application connectivity across multiple clouds.
  • Productivity and efficiency: Build your multicloud connectivity approach easily and quickly without needing to duplicate technical resources.

Multicloud uses cases 

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