The intricacies of competitive climbing should be easy enough to comprehend: the first person or team to the top, right? Well, not necessarily so. In fact, there are three principle choices open to the professional climber:
Each option presents a unique mix of challenges, obstacles (literally!), and opportunity – thereby demanding specific skill sets and competencies from participants.
Now let’s make a controlled leap (supported by belay ropes!) to the world of corporate cloud environments. Choices here started out as private or public before hybrid entered the picture. Now however, there’s a new ‘option’ available: multi-cloud.
If you’re not sure what this involves, let’s compare multi-cloud to a hybrid set-up:
But which variation will help your business accelerate to new heights? To answer that is to first review the headline ‘sales pitch’ for both multi-cloud and hybrid cloud.
The story for hybrid is already pretty well known. By utilizing this arrangement, CIOs can match and move workloads to the right environment at the right times – depending upon specific business needs. In addition:
Multi-cloud is more of a strategy – you’re not going to find any particular vendor offering a multi-cloud solution. Instead, it’s an approach that enables organizations to utilize the services of more than one cloud computing platforms to perform various tasks – based on the strengths and perceived weaknesses of each.
The reason it’s gaining traction is based on the simple premise that not every app/workload/department/business function etc. has similar requirements in terms of performance, privacy, security, or geographic reach for their cloud requirements.
It’s also an inevitable ‘evolution’ of cloud usage as the activity matures and becomes mainstream. As not all platforms are created equal, multi-cloud lets you meet various app and data needs in the most flexible and cost-efficient way possible.
What of the benefits of multi-cloud? As these are probably less well known than hybrid, it’s worth going into the top 5 in a little more detail:
As with the different routes and equipment available to any professional climber, hybrid and multi-cloud provides IT teams and CIOs with a range of options to consider. Not that they represent radically different approaches, but they do deliver a number of significantly different outputs:
If you need directions for choosing the best cloud provider(s) before ending this climb, take a quick detour to our cloud provider comparison before planting your flag.
Find your own route to the top
The only constant in both competitive climbing and choosing the ideal cloud environment is the fear of making the wrong move. Knowing where best to invest your time and energy is critical, which is where COMPAREX’s expertize in cloud solutions can make all the difference. With years of experience assisting customers in finding their ideal routes to the cloud, we can quickly be on hand to help you evaluate your options – and select the right course of action.