Multi-cloud strategy – It’s everyone’s reality

June 8th, 2018, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

Trent Odgers

In today’s digital economy, IT organisations are increasingly using public cloud technologies and services to meet their needs for increased agility and innovation, as well as cost management. Speaking at the VeeamON 2018 Forum in Johannesburg, Trent Odgers, Veeam cloud manager South Africa, said that use of public cloud technologies becomes more complicated when companies use multiple cloud service providers, a concept also known as multi-cloud, and attempt to integrate on- and off-premises environments, known as hybrid cloud. IT organisations must now manage systems that span across both multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments, which presents new challenges for data protection.

As companies increasingly leverage cloud services, they are confronted with both how to protect those environments and how to leverage these new capabilities. Since the complexity of the data protection and management systems grows with each new cloud environment, just how common are multi-cloud environments, especially those with more than two providers? Research company Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) conducted research into the impacts of hybrid cloud and public cloud environments on IT and systems management.

ESG’s data found that 81% of companies currently using public cloud services were leveraging more than one public cloud infrastructure service provider. Only 15% of the respondents were using only one provider. The largest segment of the respondents (56%) were using three or more public cloud infrastructure service providers. This has an impact on availability and data protection environments. IT cannot simply add a single cloud provider, like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, or Google Compute Engine, to its existing on-premises environment; it must be managed and applications must be protected. Additionally, each public cloud provider can present its own specific usage and protection requirements, capabilities, and challenges, greatly increasing the need to reduce the complexity of availability in multi-cloud environment.

Odgers said that the principle of offsite back up is indisputable, but simply being connected to multiple public clouds is not enough. With the continued importance of on-premises systems in the future, multi-cloud availability needs to be integrated with on-premises availability. To fully embrace digital transformation, IT must leverage multi-cloud infrastructures and develop new capabilities specifically for them. For data protection, that means not just extending management into cloud platforms but also protecting from and replicating within multi-cloud and hybrid environments.