Using a multi-cloud strategy is beneficial to your business. There are many reasons to use this approach, such as being able to use the expertise of the cloud provider in augmented reality, server-less computing, or artificial intelligence. Using these cloud services can also help your business increase compliance, reliability, and security.
So, how do you make use of a multi-cloud strategy to its full potential? There are some ways to go about it.
Prevent Vendor Lock-in
You will want to maintain leverage over those cloud vendors to guarantee portability and prevent vendor lock-in. Select a portable software technology stack that is available on various platforms and vendors. You can also make the workloads more mobile for your employees by deploying containers; this is because container technology moves applications from one setting to another a lot easier.
It also packages an application system, along with its dependencies. It pays to learn more about multi-cloud services before you commit to a vendor. Determine if it is possible to move a specific workload before you put it in a particular cloud.
Design for Reliability
A multi-cloud strategy can be a vital part of your disaster recovery and business continuity plan, as it allows you to move workloads from one vendor and data centre to another in the event of an emergency. But, make sure to test these plans before a problem occurs as these plans should cover all your vendors.
Take into consideration your geography when selecting cloud services. For example, a multi-cloud approach would be useless if all your vendors are working on your workloads in one data centre, and a calamity hits that state. It is essential to find the right balance; while those data centres that are nearby can give better performance and lower latency, those data centres that are dispersed geographically provide lower risk, particularly when a disaster strikes.
Guarantee Compliance and Security
While cloud security is not a major concern today for many companies, it is still a cause of worry regarding safety when a business utilizes a multi-cloud approach. Also, some regulations bind many companies and require them to keep certain data in a specific location or in-house. It is best to use appropriate security measures. The cyber-security team in your company must use the right protection to help secure a multi-cloud environment.
In addition, you should encrypt data regardless of how secure the systems you are using or what types of defensive measures the cloud vendors have in place. Encrypt your data both in transit and in rest; this is particularly beneficial when using a multi-cloud approach, wherein you move your workloads from cloud to cloud.
It is also important to control access to applications and data. When it comes to using multiple cloud services, only the right people must have access to the sensitive data of your business. Consider using an IAM solution (identity and access management) to manage this problem accordingly.
Cloud systems continue to evolve and grow. It means that the strategy you adopted is working well for you for the past six months, but may not be suitable for you now.