Sachin Bhardwaj, Director Marketing and Business Development, eHosting DataFort , tells us why more organisations adopting a multi-cloud approach and why:
Cloud computing has been a transformational force in the IT industry. Several of the most recent innovations driving growth and innovative business models are a product of the technology. Cloud adoption in the Middle East is growing significantly as enterprises are seeing tremendous value in having a scalable and flexible pool of resources at their fingertips. The assurance of lower IT costs and scalability has drawn IT decision makers to move their business-critical data and applications to the cloud.
Customers are driven to cloud services for cost optimisation, agility and more time for them to focus on creating profitability avenues as most IT operations are shifted to cloud and managed by serviced providers. Cloud allows easy and feasible extension of business capabilities and provides enterprises with a competitive edge over those who are lagging on the technology front. The popularity of the model in the Middle East is another driver towards cloud adoption.
As part of their digitisation initiatives, an increasing number of enterprises in the region are adopting a multi-cloud strategy. A single cloud approach works well for small businesses and start-ups. However, an enterprise’s different business units have diverse requirements and workloads, which cannot be met by a single cloud model.
A multi-cloud approach offers organisations a number of benefits from low costs, unlimited scalability, agility and improving disaster recovery and security. By working with multiple cloud services providers, enterprises can lessen their dependency on a single provider and can also avoid vendor lock-ins, data centre outages and bandwidth issues. Compliance regulations and data sovereignty requirements have also led companies to implement the multi-cloud approach.
Through a multi-cloud approach, organisations can leverage the best of breed technologies and services from different innovative vendors and cloud service providers to meet the requirements of each department. They can mix and match best-in-class solutions and services from different cloud services providers to create a customised solution for their business. This approach also helps them to adopt new technologies from multiple vendors in a phased manner to meet scalability demands thereby enabling them to be flexible, where they can scale up or scale down as their requirements change.
Adopting a multi-cloud strategy comes with its own set of challenges. Managing multi-cloud solutions from different vendors across different cloud environments can be difficult and time consuming. If not monitored and managed properly, it can lead to several operational issues. Many regional organisations are signing on managed cloud services providers to assist them with their multi-cloud solutions, where they will manage issues with interoperability, infrastructure, network, storage, backup management and monitoring, security and other challenges. By partnering with a trusted managed cloud services provider, organisations will be able to monitor their cloud solutions from one single place and avoid complications. They will also get regular maintenance and 24×7 support to ensure issues are resolved quickly.