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An IT pro's survival guide for multicloud computing

Don't get lost on the multicloud computing trail. Use this guide to determine if multicloud meets your IT needs, learn how to choose the right mix of providers and map out a multicloud management strategy.

Introduction

Multicloud computing represents a new frontier for IT pros. Because it's difficult for a single cloud provider to perfectly meet all their needs, some enterprises are using multiple providers and multiple sets of cloud services to regain control.

A multicloud environment gives you the advantage of both private and public cloud, while minimizing cloud vendor lock-in risks. Having multiple cloud providers can also reduce the risk of data loss or downtime because of to a single provider's failure. But to take advantage of multicloud benefits, you need to carefully manage and monitor your cloud deployment and costs. Follow this guide to map a path out of the single-cloud provider realm and into the world of multicloud computing.

1An introduction to multicloud-

Get ready for multicloud computing

Finding a cloud model that works for you shouldn't be like traveling without a GPS. With multicloud computing, you can mix and match both private and public cloud services to meet your enterprise's unique needs. But before heading down that road, it's important to understand the ins and outs of a multicloud deployment, including the benefits and challenges. Here's a closer look at the evolution of multicloud computing in the enterprise, and what cloud admins can expect.

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Find out if a multicloud model fits your needs

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Hybrid cloud to walk in multicloud's shadow

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Plan ahead for multicloud deployment

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Consistency crucial for multicloud success

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Assess what you know about multicloud deployment

Refresh your knowledge of the multicloud model with this helpful quiz. Continue Reading

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Choose providers to meet your multicloud needs

Choosing providers for a multicloud environment can be just as difficult, if not more difficult, than choosing a single cloud provider. IT pros must carefully evaluate vendors to determine which offer the services they need and fit within their budget. But organizations should also remember that, even after they make their choice, there is no need to put down permanent roots; continuously assess selected providers and know when it's time to pack up and leave for another one.

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Integration is key when choosing multiple cloud providers

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Unscramble multicloud complexities with cloud service brokers

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Pick a cloud provider that can stand the test of time

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Evaluating Azure vs. Google cloud services

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Cloud experts predict what AWS will release in 2016

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Management and development considerations for multicloud

Managing a multicloud model can introduce a boatload of obstacles. Before jumping in, test the waters by mapping the features you need to the possible services or tools that can help you manage them. As multicloud computing becomes more common, vendors are developing new management tools to help you track expenses and resources across cloud platforms. In addition, always develop apps with portability in mind to ensure smooth sailing on your multicloud voyage.

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Multicloud management isn't a walk in the park

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Tools to streamline multicloud management

To master multicloud, management tools are a must. Consider tools like RightScale and Dell Cloud Manager to control and monitor your environment. Continue Reading

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Navigating the multicloud billing maze

Multicloud computing means multiple cloud bills, which can turn into a mess. Keep your bills in check with both third-party and vendor services. Continue Reading

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Managing apps across multicloud environments

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What storage admins should know about multicloud management

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Design apps with cloud portability in mind

Developers in a multicloud environment must ensure their applications can handle the possibility of cloud architectures changing on the fly. Continue Reading

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How to avoid cloud vendor API lock-in

To successfully deploy and manage a multicloud model, organizations need to avoid locking themselves into a single vendor's API. Here are three ways to minimize that risk. Continue Reading

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Optimize multicloud with an API management strategy

APIs are an important part of cloud deployment. And because multicloud computing requires organizations to work with multiple APIs, an API management strategy is key. Continue Reading

4Multicloud glossary-

Terms to know for multicloud computing

When adopting a multicloud model, it's important to understand the key terminology. Whether you're an IT pro using multicloud computing today, or are just looking to get a better grasp on the concept, here are definitions you should know.

5Our multicloud specialists -

Multicloud specialists to follow

Follow these multicloud specialists to stay up to speed on the latest technologies and trends

David Linthicum

David Linthicum is a senior vice president at Cloud Technology Partners and a cloud expert who writes about cloud management, among other topics. Continue Reading

Tom Nolle

Tom Nolle is the president of CIMI Corporation, a strategic consulting firm specializing in telecommunications and data communications. Learn more about Tom Nolle. Continue Reading

Alan R. Earls

Alan R. Earls is a freelance writer focused on business and technology. Continue Reading

Stephen J. Bigelow

Stephen J. Bigelow, senior technology editor in the Data Center and Virtualization media group, has more than 20 years of technical writing experience in the PC/technology industry. Continue Reading

Paul Korzeniowski

Paul Korzeniowski is a freelance writer and leading industry voice with more than 10,000 articles published. Continue Reading

Amy Reichert

Amy Reichert is a seasoned software tester with 16 years of experience, including five years of Team Lead experience. Continue Reading

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