Navigating the multicloud maze

The days of single public cloud deployments are numbered. Nowadays, best practice suggests using the most suitable environment for each application, making multicloud the de facto infrastructure standard.

03 June 2024

Ria Pinto, IBM South Africa

Virtana’s study on the state of multicloud management reported that 82% of organisations are already using a multicloud strategy. According to an IBM Institute for Business Value study, the average organisation uses eight or nine cloud infrastructure environments at any given time. “Organisations want to run in multiple places. They want to run in their own datacentres, but also on at least one public cloud, but, increasingly, more than one public cloud,” says Ian Haynes, EMEA Field CTO at Nutanix. He adds that public clouds have their strengths, on which they will seek to capitalise.

What many businesses are discovering is that using a single cloud vendor can be limiting; being tied to one cloud provider can make life difficult when performance issues arise, costs escalate or the sole provider you’ve picked doesn’t offer the services you need. On the other hand, a multicloud architecture reinforces business continuity by allowing organisations to spread systems and workloads across more than one cloud platform. You’re able Navigating the multicloud maze to migrate workloads to an alternative service if one service has latency issues or goes down.

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