Industry researches suggests that more than 80% of enterprises who have ventured in to cloud adoption has eventually leveraged more than one public cloud providers. Whilst this would have grown from an organisational vision or be the result of a natural evolution (due to business needs or technical constrains with using services of only one cloud provider) it certainly has resulted in a set of added complexities for IT organisations. What is evident is that, future IT eco-systems are going to be multi-cloud hosted. Hence a proper strategy, rather than looking at it merely as diversification of CSPs, is key to get there and sustain without breaking the business
This series of blogs will look at the various aspects enterprises need to pay attention to derive the best value via multi-cloud adoption
What really does multi cloud adoption entail & what it does not?
As the name implies, multi cloud essentially means your applications hosting is enabled by multiple private and public cloud platforms. In many organisations this is the result of a continual evolution of business and technology driven initiatives and eventually becomes another major challenge to be addressed, largely due to the security and cost implications.
Essentially, multi cloud strategy would look at how such an end state can be created in such a way that introduction of each cloud services providers complement each other to form a secure hyper-cloud ecosystem
Hybrid cloud v/s multi cloud
Hybrid cloud is essentially an ecosystem of traditional on-premise systems and one or more public cloud hosting capabilities. It only refers to the co-existence of multiple hosting capabilities and ways to manage systems in such an ecosystem. Hybrid state is essentially an interim state in what would ideally be an optimal end state where in services from right cloud platforms are adopted are seamlessly working with one another.