One Cloud or Multi-Cloud… That Is the Question

TJ KilgoreWritten by | Cloud, Featured

The burning question in IT circles today is whether data centers should have multiple cloud systems to support their infrastructure, or is just one cloud system safer and easier to manage?

Here at Arrow, we think “multi-cloud” is a positive thing. And here’s why.

Six Positive Examples of Multi-Cloud

  • Your customers’ desired business outcomes will dictate which cloud to use, as well as where and when. When multiple cloud vendor solutions are implemented, your customers will no longer need specific workloads for specific gear. You could, for example, offer them Oracle Exadata for their data infrastructure and Microsoft 365 for a complete end-to-end solution.
  • Oracle and Microsoft recently announced that they are going to cloud together. For the Oracle customer, they now have the reach that any consumer of the cloud has with Microsoft Azure. This makes global coverage nigh complete. Already Oracle and Microsoft have instituted at least two data center connections in the U.S. Now, companies can run their Oracle applications on the Oracle cloud and have an in-place connection to use Microsoft Azure Active Directory. Cool, huh?
  • DevOps now takes on a grander scale of meaning. The deployment slots found in Azure DevOps will allow you to not only deploy to the Oracle cloud, but also deploy to any of the other cloud vendors. You just need an endpoint and a secure connection. Add to that portability ‒ the container concept that is all the rage ‒ which allows companies to fit their entire development environment to the lowest cost capability. And, if their development staff is strong in a technology that is more prevalent in one cloud vendor, then they can develop there and still have the opportunity to deploy to another cloud vendor with little re-work, if any.
  • I am seeing the most aggressive of customers taking advantage of the multi-cloud paradigm to reduce CapEx and OpEx. This environment is still a buyer’s market and will remain so. Why? The major cloud vendors are being pushed into competitive collaboration; standards for interaction are being adopted and promoted. As consumers of this “compute,” your customers now have freedom that was once only found in science fiction.
  • IoT, machine learning and artificial intelligence are the greatest things to happen to the planet in a long time, and they all are cloud-based. Google’s flagship product, TensorFlow, can implement different cloud vendors to support cutting-edge offerings with products like Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services and Oracle’s Autonomous Database.
  • Multi-cloud completes your strategy to avoid vendor lock-in. The holy-grail of IT operations is now at hand, and you can start moving your customers’ resources and workloads to the lowest-cost cloud carrier as need be ‒ just like picking the cheapest airfare. So, start watching for more competition in the multi-cloud management space coming soon. And if your customer needs something right now, Nutanix or Cloudyne are ready to go.

The Options Are Endless!

With the advent of the cloud, we now have a multitude of tools across multiple cloud vendors available to us. It is just a matter of picking the right toolset to accomplish your customers’ goals.

And, remember… Arrow is your source for architecting multi-cloud solutions. We can help you design, test, implement and manage all your customers’ cloud compute resources ‒ whether on-premises or on any of the major cloud vendors. It doesn’t matter where your customer is located around the world, because Arrow can put together the perfect multi-cloud solution for their needs.

So, to answer that burning question… Yes! Using multiple cloud vendors if often the best solution for a data center. Let Arrow help you get started and make it happen!

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Last modified: August 7, 2019