You know the old saying, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”? That saying rings true when it comes to storing your data in the cloud. Below are 4 reasons why you should be adopting a multicloud strategy.
- Take Advantage of Each Vendor’s Features/Functionalities
Each of the three major vendors offers its clients unique benefits for being on their cloud. AWS, for example, offers a wide variety of services including analytics, developer and management tools, IoT, and security. Azure easily integrates with other Microsoft tools such as Office 365. And GCP has expertise in open source technologies and containers.
If you already have a cloud vendor of choice, but you have applications that would benefit from the capabilities of another vendor, you shouldn’t feel like you are required to stick with the vendor you already have. With a multicloud strategy, you can use applications on whichever infrastructure makes the most sense for each individual application’s needs.
- Competitive Pricing
Like the previous point: Just because you chose one vendor for certain functionalities doesn’t mean that you have to grin and bear whatever their pricing model is. A multicloud strategy means you’re able to shop around for a vendor with your desired feature/functionalities at the best available rate. And should your vendor of choice raise their prices, your multicloud strategy means you can easily tell your vendor what you think – by taking your applications elsewhere.
- Increased Agility and Flexibility
With a multicloud strategy, you have the flexibility to quickly move data to meet evolving business needs. Let’s say you need to cloud burst data to get a sudden acceleration in performance. Or — heaven forbid! – a security concern with one of your vendors has you scrambling to move mission-critical apps somewhere else. Whatever the case may be, having a multi-cloud strategy gives you the agility and flexibility you need.
- Avoid Vendor Lock-In
The main reason you should adopt a multicloud strategy is so that you can avoid being locked in to one particular vendor. When you move applications to the cloud, it is recommended that you refactor your applications for the vendor of your choice. This ensures that your apps are able to work on the infrastructure and that no issues arise.
However, the process of refactoring your applications can cost you a lot of time and money and presents a huge amount of risk. The refactor process can make or break your career. And once you’ve refactored into one vendor’s cloud, you basically stuck there unless you go through the lengthy, costly, and risky refactoring process again for another vendor.
Of course, refactoring your apps is not a requirement. There are other ways to migrate to the cloud. But refactoring ensures that you’re able to take advantage of all the feature functionalities and scalability benefits that brought you to the cloud in the first place (and keeps you as a loyal customer/cloud hostage).
So are you now convinced that a multicloud strategy is the way to go? Great! But there’s one thing standing in your way: Native cloud doesn’t typically offer you the flexibility to quickly migrate data away from their platform and back again. With a Cloud Data Platform that separates your workloads from the underlying infrastructure, you can quickly and easily migrate data between clouds and on-premises without the need to refactor.
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