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Taking advantage of multi-cloud benefits with visibility

Cloud computing has, by this point, more than proven its value for businesses of every type. The vast majority of executives, owners and other corporate leaders have now either embraced cloud services or are currently developing plans to move forward with cloud adoption. The number of firms that remain resistant to using the cloud entirely is small and shrinking every month.

Yet while there is broad agreement about the merits of cloud computing in general, there’s less consensus when it comes to the best possible approach to utilizing this technology. Increasingly, though, organization decision-makers are coming to recognize the benefits of a multi-cloud strategy. As Cloud Tech contributor David Treybig recently highlighted, multi-cloud management may deliver “cloud nirvana,” but only when implemented and overseen effectively.

Multi-cloud advantages

As Treybig asserted, there are a number of inherent benefits to a multi-cloud deployment strategy. For one thing, the writer emphasized that this approach grants the efficiency benefits of partnering with a third-party cloud services provider while also eliminating many of the more difficult aspects of managing a traditional IT infrastructure.

Additionally, organizations utilizing a multi-cloud deployment strategy can typically provide their users with a simple, easy interface for accessing and taking advantage of the public cloud‘s scalability as needed. This reduces some of the burden that a company’s in-house IT staff face on a daily basis.

This is a potentially critical benefit. By eliminating or outsourcing IT responsibilities, in-house teams can devote more of their time and resources to higher-level projects. This can have a massive, positive impact on the company’s overall technological capabilities, leading to a major competitive advantage, on top of the natural efficiency and performance benefits that cloud solutions inherently provide.

Furthermore, a multi-cloud strategy allows an organization to pick and choose its cloud services from a variety of different vendors. This is obviously advantageous, as it allows a company to craft a cloud strategy that is customized to address all of its unique requirements and goals.

Multi-cloud obstacles

However, it is important to note that while a multi-cloud strategy offers many significant advantages and is indeed the best option for many firms, there are also challenges involved that must be addressed and overcome. Most notable is the simple fact that running multiple clouds in a single IT infrastructure creates a higher level of complexity. There is an increased risk of incompatibility issues cropping up, as well as the potential for inefficiencies to develop.

Fortunately, it is very possible for firms to handle this issue by partnering with a managed cloud services provider that offers monitoring services for multi-cloud environments, such as Datapipe. Datapipe’s advanced monitoring services provide insight and clarity into multi-cloud infrastructures. Our teams of experienced experts have the knowledge and skills needed to understand exactly what is happening in these environments and how to tweak mutli-cloud deployments to maximize results and minimize costs. By doing so, Datapipe can help companies to future-proof their IT.

And, as a complement to what we can do, enterprises can always turn to the movies for assistance.

About David Lucky

David Lucky
As Datapipe’s Director of Product Management, David has unique insight into the latest product developments for private, public, and hybrid cloud platforms and a keen understanding of industry trends and their impact on business development. David writes about a wide variety of topics including security and compliance, AWS, Microsoft, and business strategy.

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