By this point, most enterprises in the United States, and around the world, are firmly committed to cloud services. This technology has yielded tremendous benefits, from cost savings to improved flexibility and beyond. Cloud skeptics have been won over and cloud proponents proven right.
With the cloud's value firmly established, the challenge that enterprise IT decision-makers now face is determining how to develop an optimized approach for maximizing cloud benefits. Increasingly, these leaders are coming to realize that the answer often lies in a multi-cloud strategy. In many scenarios, multi-cloud deployments will deliver the greatest results for enterprises of all kinds.
Here are three of the situations where a multi-cloud strategy will make the most sense for enterprise IT.
1. Decreased reliance
One of the most common and significant reasons why enterprises may want to turn to a multi-cloud deployment is to reduce their reliance on any given cloud services vendor. In a traditional private or public cloud approach, the company will simply move all relevant operations and assets into a cloud environment hosted by a single given vendor. This is also frequently, although not always, the case in a hybrid approach that combines elements of both private and public cloud into a single solution.
In all of these scenarios, the enterprise will inevitably end up heavily reliant on whichever cloud vendor it has partnered with. This may not be much of a risk assuming the enterprise is leveraging an exceedingly reliable service provider, but there will always be a chance of disruptions and outages. For many enterprises, such risks are unacceptable.
By turning to a multi-cloud deployment, enterprises can effectively avoid putting all of their eggs in one basket, as they will never be fully dependent on a single cloud service or vendor for their hosted needs. As a result, companies can achieve a greater degree of autonomy.
2. Diverse needs
Another key reason for enterprise IT to pursue multi-cloud deployments is to satisfy diverse cloud needs. While there are many expansive cloud platforms on the market today, there will still be many situations in which organizations simply cannot meet all of their IT goals through a single cloud solution. Or, more commonly, the ideal option for one cloud need will differ from another. For example, an enterprise may want to take advantage of AWS services for storage and Azure for Internet-facing public Web applications.
A multi-cloud approach enables the business to utilize both of these resources, whereas a single cloud strategy will force the firm to go all-in on AWS or Azure exclusively.
Multi-cloud's best-of-breed approach offers the potential for optimized performance and outcomes.
3. Test and see
Finally, enterprises may turn to multi-cloud strategies as a means of conducting trials of a number of different cloud options. While the cloud adoption process has become much simpler over the course of the past few years, there is still a fair amount of time and effort required when embracing a new cloud solution. Doing so on an organization-wide scale is an even more massive endeavor.
Before fully committing to such an expansive, all-encompassing cloud strategy, enterprises may want to see how well different cloud services function in various parts of the organization. In essence, this approach uses multi-cloud deployments as a means of testing out the different cloud solutions on the market prior to making a comprehensive shift to a singular approach. While certainly not necessary for every enterprise, this strategy can offer major benefits for large, high-stakes cloud migration plans.