Multi-cloud networking is still, relatively speaking, in its infancy. There are plenty of people out there asking what it is, or at least wondering where it is headed to next.
In essence it’s all about the orchestration of cloud service delivery, including interplay between different enterprise datacenters. By using multiple clouds, enterprises can enjoy a bunch of goodies including increased agility, improved performance and faster disaster recovery.
The model brings into play cloud services from multiple, heterogeneous providers, in the main public cloud providers like AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure, and additionally platform-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service or software-as-a-service providers.
It’s important to differentiate this from hybrid cloud, which mixes the use of private and public cloud models. Multi-cloud is about using the best services from various providers to create the best solution for an organization’s particular needs. It also avoids vendor lock-in and builds flexibility. It’s the best route to a complex but scalable and highly-available cloud infrastructure.
Without the right connectivity, multi-cloud becomes a nightmare of lost control where one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing and all important autonomy over one’s infrastructure is sacrificed to the platform providers.
The right connectivity allows organizations to deploy multiple vendors for different workloads. This way, if one doesn’t work out then the CIO can simply switch to another provider without incurring significant costs. Getting it right allows organizations to customize their infrastructure, choosing services that fit needs rather than being forced to use a one-size-fits-all approach.
By hedging across multiple cloud environments, you’re less likely to experience a shutdown if one cloud should fail. In addition, multi-cloud networking can help to improve performance and reduce costs by taking advantage of the unique capabilities of each platform.
Multi-cloud networking is a great solution for businesses that want to improve performance, reduce costs and increase security. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy or without pitfalls.
If you would like an idea of where the whole multi0cloud model is going next then there is a virtual event tomorrow that you need to tune into:
Analyst Chair: Brad Casemore, VP Research, Cloud and Datacenter Networking
Speakers on the panel are:
- Keyur Patel, Founder and CTO, Arrcus
- Jason Purvor, Cloud Migration for EMEA, Google
- Ramesh Prabagaran, Co-Founder & CEO, Prosimo.io
- Pere Monclus, CTO for Networking, VMWare