You’ve probably heard a lot about the hybrid-cloud. A model where businesses deploy and manage both private and public services, while these models exist separately, they also interact with each other to provide a range of combined benefits. However, there is another approach to the cloud that is gaining traction, and that’s the multi-cloud.

What is the multi-cloud?

The multi-cloud uses two or more cloud computing services from any number of different cloud vendors. So, with this model you can mix and match cloud services from different providers, often to meet specific workload needs. But, unlike the hybrid cloud, the multi-cloud doesn’t need to be integrated.

One of the key benefits of the multi-cloud is that it allows organisations to select different cloud services from different providers based on their need. So it eliminates the reliance on any single cloud service or provider.

How to create a successful multi-cloud strategy

Think about what you want to achieve

Digital transformation is about strategy, not technology. Yes, when implemented correctly tech will help your organisation to succeed, adapt and thrive. But it is about much more than this.

Successful organisations don’t invest in technology for technology’s sake. Instead, they start by considering their specific needs and goals before looking for technology that can help them to achieve these.

Let’s face it, the technology we use changes over time (often very quickly). So, in just a few years the tools your business needs could look very different from today. In the business world, the only constant is change. As such, your approach should start by focusing on the WHY rather than the HOW. When investing in the multi-cloud be calculated and selective.

Think about how you are going to manage the multi-cloud

Multi-cloud environments are increasingly complicated. The multi-cloud requires a business to manage multiple cloud providers and that in itself can be time-consuming. Also, you must have the staff capable of dealing with complex cloud management, and there is a shortage of skilled professionals available to manage these environments. This is something that you must consider in any multi-cloud strategy planning.

Think about security

Multi-clouds can open your organisation up a broader range of possible vulnerabilities. As such they require extra work to ensure sufficient security, governance and compliance. Indeed, with various third-parties having access to different data and systems, it’s vital to define and distribute security responsibilities. Robust security awareness, planning and processes are a must

Think about your budget

Another challenge that comes with using multiple cloud providers is that of cost. So, if you are looking to adopt this model, then you should look at how you can monitor cloud spends, respond to current and upcoming projects and achieve an ongoing cost benefit for your organisation.

In conclusion

There are many benefits of a multi-cloud strategy, but this model does not come new challenges. As such, many SMEs prefer to stick with one trusted cloud provider.

Regardless of what approach you choose, cloud adoption is a matter of when, not if. So it makes sense to understand all the options.

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