2020 is the year of Cloud Computing and cloud systems and industries will continue to expand further in the years to come. A multi-cloud world is quickly becoming the new normal for businesses across the globe. However, onboarding a multi-cloud management journey can become an uphill task and managing multiple cloud providers may seem intimidating if you do not have a clearly defined plan. Well, we are here to help! In the next 5 minutes, you will get detailed guidance with regards to the best practices for building and maintaining a robust multi-cloud management strategy.
What is Multi-Cloud?
Often, the term multi-cloud is confused with the hybrid cloud. However, both have significantly different meanings. As opposed to a hybrid cloud environment, multi-cloud refers to the deployment of cloud infrastructure on more than one public cloud provider, with or without an existing private cloud. In a multi-cloud solution, an organization uses multiple public cloud services, often from multiple providers. The different clouds are used for various tasks for achieving best-of-breed results or to reduce vendor lock-in.
Businesses can have a multi-cloud without having a hybrid cloud, or they can have a multi-cloud as part of a hybrid cloud.
Did you Know? According to Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion.
To explore more details about the concepts of hybrid and multi-cloud environments and their differences, read our blog Multi-cloud vs Hybrid Cloud Solution
Standardize Consumption of Multi-Cloud Management
In a multi-cloud environment, an organization may choose to get services from several different cloud providers/vendors. For example, an organization decides to get the analytics platform from Azure and storage from AWS.
Such a situation can quickly become complex for IT and procurement to manage and control— especially as these services may need to be modified or changed in the future. One way of maintaining a balance between juggling different vendors is to standardize consumption of cloud services through self-service tools. It is necessary to look for a cloud solution provider that gives you access to a central place for buyers to compare and purchase cloud-based services allowing professionals to manage and standardize consumption in a uniform way.
Managing Multiple Providers
Managing multiple providers can be a tough call, and therefore we suggest having a single pane of glass to manage all of your clouds as it can be invaluable in keeping costs under control. Apart from that, there are a few other best practices for multi-cloud management:
- Creating an API management strategy is a must. Multi-cloud architecture would require dealing with several different APIs from several different vendors- therefore you should have a plan in advance for dealing with them.
- When selecting vendors or creating new applications, be careful in considering how you’ll integrate data and applications residing in different clouds.
- You need to reevaluate vendor strategies frequently as different vendors have different policies and processes that keep changing from time to time. A particular vendor may have been the best choice for a particular workload at a given point in time but this situation is most likely to not continue forever. Public cloud vendors keep on adding capabilities and keep changing prices all the time, so you’ll need to revisit your decisions on a regular basis.
Ensuring Security and Compliance
Cloud security is an area of concern as businesses today still worry about the safety of their highly confidential data when adopting a multi-cloud architecture. In addition, many companies are bound by regulations that require them to keep some data in-house or within a particular region.
When using multiple cloud vendors, ensuring that only the right people can access sensitive data becomes more challenging. In this case, leveraging processes like IAM (identity and access management) to apply identities to data and devices, controlling who accesses what, and when is a good option.
Also, encrypting data both at rest and in transit is a good practice in a multi-cloud management platform where mission critical workloads keep shifting from one cloud to another, as sometimes users may not be mindful about the need to encrypt data in motion.
Have a Clear Cloud Migration Plan
Moving data to the cloud is a part and parcel of a multi-cloud management strategy. Data migration between cloud environments can be a long and tedious process and your multi-cloud strategy should be clearly outlined as to how your business will migrate data to another cloud. The process includes answering questions like how much time is required for the complete data migration to take place, the progression of data migration across cloud environments, and determining exactly what data you want to migrate. We would suggest running a transferring data test between clouds before jumping on to a multi-cloud migration strategy.
Select the Right Cloud Vendor
Last but not the least, if you want your business to deploy a successful multi-cloud strategy, first, you would have to scout for the right partner/cloud vendor that specializes in the implementation of a multi-cloud environment. It is wise to select a cloud partner with proven experience in implementing multi-cloud management. Resource requirements, scalability options, ease of data migration and integration are some of the key aspects worth discussion before collaborating.
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