Moving to the cloud is not a question of how and why anymore. In order to scale applications and move at the speed of the market, you must consider a cloud strategy. Every case is different, but migrating to the cloud shouldn’t mean you have to give up control and depend completely on your cloud service provider.
Take the power back
A popular solution to avoid dependency on cloud providers is to use a multi-cloud strategy. Multi-cloud strategy means to have two or more cloud service providers that run and store your data using a mix of private cloud, public cloud, and/or hybrid cloud. This is important because you don’t want to make the mistake of depending too heavily on one provider; this could hurt you if there is an outage or you want to change providers in the future.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Think back to the beginning of the year when a cloud provider went down and its customers had nowhere to go. There were many high-profile companies that relied solely on this provider, and when it crashed, customers’ applications and websites were down for hours, some even days. This resulted in huge losses for some businesses and permanent damage to others.
A multi-cloud approach allows you to plan and prevent instances like this, as you are able to move your data from one cloud to another. It can offer the hardware, software, and infrastructure redundancy necessary to optimize fault tolerance.
Single cloud provider makes you dependent upon their resources
When you first move to the cloud, a single approach seems like a great deal. You may only have one set of skills to learn, which requires less training and means you can get up and running faster. You also only have one vendor to deal with when things go wrong. What is wrong with this?
Well… quite a lot. You now depend solely on this provider’s platform. You may only know one specific language, one set of tools. And when the time comes to reconsider your options, you may find yourself way too deep and not in a position to swiftly move to a different provider.
A similar scenario played out with Oracle in 2001. Oracle cornered the market with discounted pricing, locking in customers to long-term contracts. As Oracle increased its prices, customers had no room for negotiation and nowhere to move; their business processes and personnel relied heavily on Oracle applications. What stops your cloud provider from taking a similar route as Oracle in the future? A multi-cloud strategy allows you to avoid vendor lock-in.
Cloud diversity is important for successful digital transformation
As you drive your digital transformation, you do it for various reasons – and there is no one cloud provider that can meet all your needs. Some workloads run better on one cloud platform, while other workloads achieve higher performance and lower cost on another platform. By adopting a multi-cloud strategy, you are able to choose best-in-class technologies and services from different cloud providers to create the best possible solution for your business.
Technology is always evolving, and it’s becoming harder and harder for businesses to stay ahead of the curve. Using a single cloud provider is a thing of the past. You need to think strategically and make deliberate choices to perform and respond to your stakeholders successfully.
What’s next? Review our multi-cloud roadmap
Now that you know the importance of a multi-cloud strategy, where do you start? Here’s our six-step process to build and execute a multi-cloud strategy; contact us if you’d like to learn how Shadow-Soft can help.
1. Assess: Understand your environment to identify the easiest place to start.
2. Plan: Decide on the applications to be migrated, and how they will be migrated – and re-architected, if needed.
3. Application Rationalize: Make the application as efficient as possible, remove redundancies, and minimize footprint.
4. Migrate: Experienced professionals can migrate your workloads and handle all execution work.
5. Validate: Ensure VMs and applications are right-sized.
6. Manage: Pass off the management of billing, monitoring, capacity planning, and day-to-day management.