Modern businesses don't just use the cloud -- they use many clouds. The average business uses six different cloud solutions, including both private and public cloud technology. With the multi-cloud environment as prevalent as it is today, it becomes important for businesses to be able to integrate these cloud solutions. Both productivity and security can be at risk when cloud technology is not properly managed.
The Advantages of a Multi-Cloud Approach
First and foremost, adopting a multi-cloud approach can dramatically reduce the amount of on-premise hardware your business needs. This naturally means there is less hardware to purchase and maintain, which can help reduce your company’s IT expenses.
Also, though cloud systems are extremely reliable, there is still the potential for failure. Multi-cloud systems create redundancy, so that if one system goes down, the other system will still be available. This is especially important in situations where major services -- such as eCommerce systems -- are reliant upon the cloud-based platform. Otherwise, a single system shutting down could lead to major business disruption.
But a more reliable system isn't the only advantage of a multi-cloud solution. Multiple clouds are often used in hybrid infrastructures so that important data can be more safely secured on a private server. Multiple clouds may also be used to integrate different types of platforms, such as a hosted eCommerce solution alongside a CRM.
The Challenges of Multiple Cloud Solutions
There can be security and practical issues when managing multiple cloud solutions. Not only can redundancy lead to some complications -- such as not knowing where data is or having multiple conflicting sets of data -- but the security of a system is often only as good as its weakest link. Because of this, businesses need to thoroughly vet their cloud providers and need to ensure that they can be properly and safely integrated.
There are also the practical issues of coordination. The technology involved has to be able to communicate and sync, which may require customization through APIs. Having a common API in place is often critical to a reliable deployment.
Finally, there can also be some cost issues; having multiple clouds rather than a consolidated service can ultimately lead to additional expenses. Because of this, it's important to identify the financial benefits of adopting a multiple cloud solution before transitioning.
In order to take full advantage of cloud-based technology, businesses will have to develop fully integrated cloud strategies. CWPS can help. Contact CWPS today to learn more about how to integrate your public and private cloud solutions, as well as how to make the most of your cloud-based services.