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January 2016

The benefits of a multi-cloud approach

As hybrid cloud environments continue to gain traction in corporate IT, so, too, does the multi-cloud model. With this approach, organizations use a mix of infrastructure as a service, or IaaS, offerings, such as those from Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, and share workloads between them. This e-book series explains the reasons an organization might adopt a multi-cloud approach and offers strategies for building and managing a multi-cloud environment. Special attention is given to integration issues in a multi-cloud environment and matching particular applications with the specific cloud providers.

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  • Why you'll likely need to work with multiple cloud providers

    To achieve their cloud goals, business leaders are increasingly choosing to work with multiple cloud providers. This chapter of "Managing a Multi-Cloud Environment" looks at what's really behind this trend, and discusses why using a single cloud will usually result in disappointment. Included is a detailed itemization of both the advantages and drawbacks in the multi-cloud model as well as ideas for effectively managing a multi-cloud environment. Guidance is offered on how to assess which type of cloud service should be your primary one, and how to smartly approach application mapping and cloud cost comparison.

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  • The Best of Multiple Worlds

    Working with multiple cloud providers is advantageous, though not necessarily easy. Making those different clouds work together can be a challenge for even experienced cloud teams. To effectively operate in a multi-cloud environment, an organization needs the right APIs and tools in place. Storage decisions will become even more critical. Orchestration will make management across clouds much easier. This chapter looks at cloud API integration, security approaches and other key elements in developing an effective multi-cloud management strategy.

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  • Deciding what goes where in a multi-cloud environment

    A business running a multi-cloud environment will need to decide which of its applications belong in the cloud, and then with which provider a particular app should be placed. For instance, an organization may conclude that its cloud storage would be best shifted to Amazon Web Services (AWS) while its databases might be better run in Azure. A solid multi-cloud strategy will be needed to properly make the transition. This chapter offers advice on how an organization might arrive at decisions that meet its particular requirements. Capitalizing on cloud's many efficiencies is simple when considered in theory. In reality, IT professionals struggle to make decisions that will allow their organizations to fully reap the benefits of cloud computing. These challenges become even more apparent when building a multi-cloud architecture and resources are placed in multiple cloud locations. Practical guidance on overcoming these obstacles becomes all the more important as cloud environments become more dispersed.

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