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A business guide to multi-cloud

Utilising a multi-cloud strategy serves as a cost-effective extension to the public cloud infrastructure

The cloud computing market is growing fast. Cloud transformation is driven by the numerous advantages of cloud infrastructure compared to traditional datacentres, such as better economics, scalability, and improved DevOps agility. Among various cloud trends, multi-cloud computing architectures are gaining momentum these days, with 62% of enterprises pursuing a multi-cloud IT strategy. This increasing demand for multi-cloud is mostly driven by economics.

What is multi-cloud?

Multi-cloud (also referred to as multi cloud or multicloud) is a concept that refers to using multiple clouds from more than one cloud service provider at the same time. The term is also used to refer to the simultaneous running of bare metal, virtualised and containerised workloads. In conjunction with a hybrid cloud architecture, the multi-cloud approach enables organisations to optimise their infrastructure costs. Multi-cloud reflects the reality of most organisations today and is expected to become the standard for cloud infrastructure in the coming years.

As organisations constantly try to optimise their infrastructure costs, the question becomes: But what is the right approach and solution to truly ensure the total cost of ownership (TCO) reduction in the long term?

Why adopt a multi-cloud strategy?

While public clouds provide immediate access to theoretically infinite resources, their pricing structure has a direct impact on the budget, resulting in a steadily increasing TCO. As a result, infrastructure costs continue to grow, draining business outcomes and lowering the budget for innovation. Hence in the following guide, we:

  • Thoroughly analyse common challenges when implementing a multi-cloud strategy
  • Propose a methodology to ensure maximum capital expenditure and operational expenditure efficiency
  • Demonstrate that using a multi-cloud architecture is essential to achieve infrastructure cost optimisation

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