Opinion

One Cloud: Is this the Right Way Forward?

The multitude of options, pros and cons of each provider can give you a headache and devour lots of time as you strive to find the perfect solution for your company. Luckily, you do not have to stick with one cloud partner.

Below you will find a list of multi-cloud strategy benefits:

  • Low latency = improved availability and performance

With thoughtful configuration and management, multi-cloud solutions enable you to distribute workload across multiple IaaS cloud services providers. This maximizes fault tolerance by utilizing redundancy in infrastructure and software, simultaneously optimizing availability and performance. Latency is reduced because solutions are provided from geographically scattered locations and bring the connectivity point closer to more users globally.

 

  • Cost reduction

There is no need to pay for services that you are not going to use. With multi-cloud, maintenance expenses are reduced and application support costs less because an SaaS vendor handles platform maintenance, updates, licensing etc. Market competition works in the buyers’ favor by keeping costs in check and forcing vendors to continuously improve their offers with new features. Scalability is an enabler for agility and innovative developments.

 

  • Hybridity

Cloud service providers develop different specializations to capture niche market shares. We can already see the market leaders in the three main segments (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) moving beyond the original core service. This trend will only continue to develop and provide better and more specialized services. As new providers and their services appear on the market all the time, you need the ability to migrate at any given moment. This flexibility is covered by multi-cloud.

 

  • Cloud mobility

Multi-cloud allows you to choose from an ever-growing range of suppliers. The level of competition in the market means that vendors need to incorporate the latest technology innovations into their offers – if not, the competition will. A good strategy must not include a vendor lock-in!

 

  • Manageability
    Multi-cloud is an easy and cheap option, but managing multiple facilities can become laborious and time-consuming. Automation and unified management are part of the solution, in order to control and integrate public and private clouds. The convenience that SaaS offers users is very attractive for businesses, because they receive working software and do not need to worry about where it is hosted. Users just log in to the system and expect their application to run properly. When put into the cloud, the company can allocate their resources around the world and offer their services globally.

 

  • Migration security

Multi-cloud delivers different types of mitigation: from easier and faster disaster recovery to affordable redundancy and fewer single points of failure. Diversification of services across multiple vendors is a classic defense against application downtime and data loss.

 

  • Data security

It could appear that multi-cloud is prone to more cyberattacks. But cloud providers realize that, in the event of any security breaches, their reputation is at stake. That is why they make it a priority to implement the most secure defense mechanisms.

 

If you are interested in multi-cloud services, read Comarch’s new white paper, entitled “Ensure the Correct Functioning of Your Application with Managed Multi-cloud Services”, and visit ICiTy to see how our engineer perfects the city.

 

This article was written and produce by

Dariusz Wojcik, Product Manager Comarch ICT

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