The Best Strategy for Multi-Cloud Architecture

The Best Strategy for Multi-Cloud Architecture

Being involved in business technology in this day and age more often than not means using a mix of various delivery models and service types. Multi-cloud architecture has been rising in popularity, and according to research, an average organization utilizes five different clouds. All this can cause the image of the average cloud ecosystem to seem quite overwhelming, especially when you see that there are over 90 cloud products on AWS alone.
Organizations now have a huge number of choices than ever before when it comes to how they want to manage and build their cloud architectures. There was a time when the questions encircled either and or pertaining to private and public clouds. Now, the questions have shifted to how many of each. A service or business specifically demands changes and modifications to its models, adhering to different situations. It is best to conform to their requirements rather than picking and sticking with one model.
Organizations now have a huge number of choices than ever before when it comes to how they want to manage and build their cloud architectures. There was a time when the questions encircled either and or pertaining to private and public clouds. Now, the questions have shifted to how many of each. A service or business specifically demands changes and modifications to its models, adhering to different situations. It is best to conform to their requirements rather than picking and sticking with one model.

Coming up With the Best Multi-Cloud Strategy

It is important to gain a deep understanding of the benefits of cloud adoption before thinking about devising a strategy for your multi-cloud architecture. The approach of best-of-breed for each service, mitigation of single-vendor dependency, redundancy through multiple regions and services of cloud, and appropriate distribution of workload between public and private clouds are some of the examples.
All these benefits can be achieved, but the task becomes difficult due to the addition of multiple environments coming from various vendors. This is especially true in the case of a business aiming for optimization between multiple vectors, such as cost, security, and performance. The solution to this is to make sure that the strategy for multi-cloud architecture constantly evolves with the investment of the business in different options, vendors, and services through a dynamic framework. The framework aids in the identification of the investments (such as networking and platforms for cloud management) and needs at the service level that are critical for the fulfillment of the IT as well as the business demands.
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Optimization of Multi-Cloud Management

Unfortunately, there is not a generally perfect multi-cloud architecture strategy that fits all organizations, very much like cloud environments. However, there are certain steps you can take to adjust to quickly transforming IT needs and demands by developing a process that is dynamic. First, you need to understand the current standing of the cloud environment of your business, and then you need to transform your business into a future-proof and agile cloud environment.

Mapping the Cloud Environment

The task may sound basic, but organizations can yield considerable value by mapping their existing cloud environments. Creating a clear and high-level image of the current cloud requirements can disclose future optimization opportunities and current strategical gaps. The process of mapping should take into account the service needs and ways in which the cloud services are connected to each other as well as the business. All the elements of each cloud service, including service-level agreements, departments that utilize the service, the cloud vendor, and business operations that are related to the service, should be listed. Your SLAs should also be compared to your performance needs to identify the areas for improvement.

Planning Integration Needs

After the first step, mapping and planning the integration needs of the business becomes easy. Consider the data sharing methods and the different types of environments your business has. Some of the considerations in this regard include identifying if there is a need for middleware building for connecting various services, pinpointing existing gaps and remediating them, determining ways in which data sharing and communication between public clouds from various vendors as well as your private cloud environments will take place. Considering the requirements of end-users is also of paramount importance for the purpose of mapping the integration needs of a business.

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Establishing an Automation Framework

We all know that automation is one of the major advantages that cloud computing offers. However, when it comes to a multi-cloud architecture, the range of automation widens significantly. Employing a tool for automation of cloud deployment is one thing, while continual evaluation of the tool and ensuring that it is in line with the organization’s scalability needs is completely another. To create an efficient and effective automation framework, you need to analyze the features and needs of the business rather than technology platforms. Building a strategy that is platform-agnostic requires thorough checking of the tools being used against it. Non-alignment between the two requires you to find a better-fitting platform.

Planning the Networking Needs

You not only need to consider the requirements of data storage and processing power but those of your infrastructure as well. A modest degradation in performance can be seen within the network infrastructure while looking at cloud topology. A multi-cloud architecture that is more complex can cause minor negative impacts to add up, leading to issues that are more significant in nature, such as service outages and constantly high latency.

Evaluating Future Cloud Adoption

With a better understanding of the specific services that require linkage with the migration of more services onto the cloud and services that are already linked with your environment map, you can start establishing the framework for evaluation of future services and vendors. You need to devise a strategy for providing your IT and business needs on a frequent basis and develop a framework for identifying the needs of security with an increase in service adoption. The key is to separate your organization’s data into different tiers and assign protection according to their importance.

Conclusion to the Best Strategy for Multi-Cloud Architecture

As we advance, the variety and number of cloud services an average business uses are going to witness exponential growth. For this reason, the strategies of current cloud architectures of organizations may not prove to be fruitful after a short period of time. To protect your business and make it extract optimal benefits from the multi-cloud technology and services, why not get in touch with Cloud Computing Technologies? The technology giant can devise a multi-cloud architecture strategy for you that is ideal for the specific needs and demands of your business.

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