Guide to Understanding Multi-Cloud Computing

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Today, cloud computing has become an integral part of several SMEs and startup businesses. However, organizations can find themselves in a tricky situation with all the security concerns and overall maintenance required by any cloud computing system. The primary problem that may bother any organization is how much cloud is fit to be adapted? Besides, every cloud computing system has to deploy a workload across the public, private, and hybrid clouds. But it is the multiple clouds (multi-cloud) providers that require more attention. It is because organizations have to decide which one can take the business to the next level. Hence, to make things easier for you, here is a guide to help you learn everything you need to know about the standards in a multi-cloud world.


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What is a Multi-Cloud?

Multi-cloud is a cloud computing strategy that organizations can leverage two or more cloud computing platforms to accomplish various tasks more efficiently. We can further see a multi-cloud strategy as a combination of SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Also, we can define it as the utilization of two or more public cloud providers to ensure an organization can benefit more from its cloud computing systems.

A multi-cloud strategy involves various combinations of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS across multiple public cloud providers. Apart from this, several technical requirements, geographic availability, cost management, etc., are also involved. Also, in a multi-cloud approach, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), IBM, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) remain the major public cloud providers. Based on it, organizations typically adopt a multi-cloud architecture to decide the capability of its cloud deployment across its infrastructure. However, the data availability can immensely challenge the multi-cloud approach's capacity to distribute particular workloads across and between a computing infrastructure.




Data Availability Challenge Standards in Multi-Cloud World

A multi-cloud approach can bring additional advantages over a private, public, or hybrid cloud computing system. However, it also makes for a new set of challenges for creating standards in a multi-cloud world. Data availability is one of the most tricky challenges that any organization can encounter during its stage up and maintenance. It mainly occurs from the higher required performance levels to ensure the operations run smoothly in a multi-cloud world daily. Furthermore, a multi-cloud approach has to content itself with the problems the individual cloud providers have already solved. Besides, the organization also has to maintain and coordinate security with data availability across multi-cloud providers. Hence, while attempting to use the same data across and between private, public, and hybrid cloud-based systems, an organization must consider:


  • How to take the output from one cloud provider's services and use it as an input to facilitate another cloud provider's services?

  • How to safely read, write, and use the same data across the multi-cloud provider service?

  • How to consistently implement the data management policies across multiple cloud providers?

  • How to balance the capacity and performance to ensure consistent performance to maintain standards in a multi-cloud world?


What is a Multi-Cloud Approach?

The most confusing thing about implementing a multi-cloud strategy is understanding the multi-cloud approach. Since multi-cloud computing is relatively new, several IT leaders lack the insight to leverage two or more cloud-based providers together to create a multi-cloud environment. A multi-cloud approach uses the data from various cloud providers to expand a cloud infrastructure where customers can get all the essential features in one place instead of moving across different cloud service providers for each particular element. Also, to understand the multi-cloud approach it is essential to understand how cloud computing works.


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Security in Multi-Cloud

Security has remained a primary concern in a cloud computing system—organizations using the multi-cloud environment use multi-cloud security to protect data consistently across and between different cloud providers. Also, in a multi-cloud environment handling the third-party partners becomes a more challenging aspect of providing data in cloud computing. Therefore, to use the multi-cloud approach consistently and securely, organizations must deploy the cloud computing system with adequately defined and distributed security guidelines with all the involved parties. Furthermore, there is always a threat of cloud malware too.


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Challenges of Standards in Multi-Cloud World

A multi-cloud environment is the most complex form of cloud computing. Therefore, there are several challenges an organization has to contain properly to ensure management of the multi-cloud provider services. Here are the three key categories that organizations must know about to deliver as a consistent multi-cloud provider.


Financial Challenges

Under this category, organizations must know about:


  • Cost of Storage Optimization.

  • Hidden and other egress charges.

  • The cost involved in re-platforming apps and moving them to the cloud.


Integration Challenges

When it comes to integration challenges, here are things that organizations have to face:


  • Working with the existing data.

  • Leveraging existing investments.

  • Combating the lack of experience required to understand the process of integrating multi-clouds.


Technical Challenges

In technical challenges, organizations must understand that:


  • Multi-cloud is not easy and requires experience to implement appropriately.

  • There are enormous complexities involved in integrating clouds to create a multi-cloud environment.

  • Data requirements are vast and tricky to manage.


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About the author:

Sunny Samanta, OpenGrowth Content Team

A lone wolf by definition, a writer by heart, and a lost star with ambitions to light up the dark both inside and around me, sometimes by immersing myself into books or video games or traveling with a backpack to an uncertain destination believing that life is all about the choices we make and we don't.

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