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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2Selecting multicloud providers-
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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3Multicloud management -
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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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