Building a Multi-Cloud Strategy

Business Functionality

When talking about multi-cloud environments, some clouds in the mix will be used exclusively for software and Platform-as-a-Service offerings.

Technical Capabilities

Every cloud infrastructure provider has one or two features which really help them stand out from the crowd. If one or more of the services you have running or are migrating to the cloud rely heavily on a feature which works much better on one cloud versus another, then it only makes sense to move the service(s) in that cloud.

Interconnecting with Partner or Client Systems

When working with clients and partners and trying to integrate systems, it is often more cost-effective and faster to move part of the workload to the same cloud platform as opposed to trying to create a fully interconnected solution that spans clouds.

Geography and Data Residency

There are always geographic factors and various regulations in place that will affect how a company can operate in certain jurisdictions. The one factor that is often cited, especially by government clients, is data residency requirements.

Conclusion

As more enterprises move from their private infrastructure to embrace cloud computing, they will in almost every case end up with a multi-cloud model for several reasons (including geographic, contractual, and functional requirements). And in some cases, the legacy technology that a business unit uses (with no migration plans) must be included in the transition as well.

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