Webinar Recap: Multi-Cloud Comes of Age
Early this morning, Sr. Director of Research, Craig Kennedy, hosted the complimentary webinar, “Multi-Cloud Comes of Age” to help you decide whether multi-cloud is the right solution for your specific workloads.
“The cloud” may be a topic that has been around for more than fifteen years, however, recent innovation is reshaping the landscape and there are more choices out there than ever. In this webinar, Craig covered:
- What is multi-cloud?
- What are some of the benefits and challenges of multi-cloud?
- What should I consider when moving to multi-cloud?
In this blog, I am going to give you a quick overview of the information Craig shared in this webinar. For more detail, you can watch the entire webinar on-demand, here.
What is multi-cloud?
The multi-cloud, put simply, is the deployment of workloads to two or more public clouds. For the greatest benefit, they would share common management tools and provide the ability to move easily between the two clouds.
What are some of the benefits and challenges of multi-cloud?
Some benefits of the multi-cloud that Craig covered included:
- Reduced cost
- Improved service levels
- Improve availability
- Improve security
- Easier recovery from a Cloud Service Providers (CSP) outage
- Easier recovery from a security issue
- Ability to move workloads between CSPs
However, some challenges Craig mentioned are:
- Increased complexity
- Increased probability of a single security incident
- Increased probability of a single service outage
- Increased opportunities for misconfigurations
- Manage and monitor a singular pane of glass
- Periodic reassessment of workload placement
What should I consider when moving to multi-cloud?
Craig advised that enterprises need to assess the requirements and characteristics of the workloads in their organization. Those reports should include resource requirements, in-app dependencies, regulatory requirements, and security.
The same thing also needs to be done to their CSP. You need to access what service they excel in and where it may be lagging. To determine that you should access best-of-breed services, multi-cloud support, management tools, and security. You should also see how committed each CSP is to multi-cloud support. Once that is complete you can move onto mapping out your work clouds.
The main 5 points of advice Craig shared are:
- Leverage SaaS applications whenever possible
- Fully understand the footprints of your workloads
- Select the best cloud platform for each workload
- Use containers or kubernetes wherever possible
- Take ownership of your cloud security
Choosing which multi-cloud solution if right for your enterprise can be difficult and time-consuming, but Aragon Analysts, including Craig, are available to help. We highly encourage you to sign up for a complimentary analyst inquiry where our analysts can help you reach your specific cloud goals. You can schedule one here.
For more of Aragon’s cloud resources, you can visit our cloud home page here or access Aragon’s most recent cloud report, “The Race to Multi-Cloud– Optimize Every Workload.”