Blog June 28, 2019

Safety in Numbers: Best Practices for Realizing the Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Solution

Managing your organization’s data is no small task, regardless of the type of computing method you’re using. In today’s enterprise management landscape, there are seemingly endless options, particularly when it comes to cloud computing. Here, we’ll explore multi-cloud solutions, some of the key challenges, and the solutions for mitigating the risks and disadvantages.

What Is Multi-Cloud?

When a business employs a multi-cloud solution, it means they are using two or more cloud computing services for performing various tasks. Multi-cloud solutions are typically a combination of private and public cloud services like software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS).

The reason why businesses employ multi-cloud solutions is to maximize the benefits of each type of cloud computing service without having to be reliant on one singular cloud service provider. With a multi-cloud solution, you can tailor your cloud computing services to meet the specific needs of your business’ objectives.

Advantages of Multi-Cloud Solutions

Businesses opt to employ multi-cloud infrastructure for many reasons, especially because they can enjoy the benefits of multiple services. With multi-cloud solutions, you can pick and choose the best of each type of cloud computing service and maximize your IT strategy because of it. Some of the main advantages of a multi-cloud solution include:

  • Security and Risk Management

Security is a top concern for businesses across every industry, and rightly so. Hackers can range from individuals to competitors to governments and if all your proverbial eggs are in one basket, a malicious attack can have disastrous consequences for your business, even halting operations permanently.

When it comes to mitigating risk, multi-cloud solutions spread out a safety net in the event of a DDoS or another type of attack. If one of your cloud services fails, it’s easy to turn to one of your other providers and reduce the amount of damage done in as short a time as possible.

  • Scalability

A multi-cloud solution allows your business to grow without impeding your success. With an on-premises (on-prem) solution, scaling can require major system changes that take time and cost money to implement. Using multi-cloud services allows your business to adjust as needed, whether it’s storage, infrastructure, security, etc. as the market requires.

With pay-as-you-go cloud-based subscription services, it’s easy to dial up or down, depending on how industry and economic fluctuations affect your business, without the need to revamp your entire system.

  • Power of Choice

Committing to one cloud service type can be a difficult decision to make as each provider has its own pros and cons. With a multi-cloud solution, your business is in an ideal position to pick and choose services and service providers as you see fit. One provider may excel in one area and another in a different area, and a multi-cloud solution lets you enjoy the best that all options have to offer.

Business’ key decision makers and IT team can work together to make the best choice in terms of the pricing structure, level of experience, and services offered of each different provider without needing to lock into only one of them the way you would be with traditional enterprise management companies.

  • Productivity

Multi-cloud environments allow your IT team to manage multiple workflows and automate tasks in a more efficient way than ever before. Being able to increase productivity by splitting services among several types of cloud computing means that your team can do more in a shorter time and can focus their resources on bigger picture growth strategies rather than on performing mundane tasks or troubleshooting an on-prem system.

Challenges of Multi-Cloud Environments

Multi-cloud solutions aren’t without their downsides as well. For all the benefits these environments offer, there are some key challenges that business owners must be aware of:

  • Migration

Having a multi-cloud system in place that runs like a well-oiled machine is an ideal scenario, but getting to that position can be complicated. Whether you’re using an on-prem system or operating within a private cloud, making the migration to multiple clouds takes a strategic game plan to ensure that the transition is seamless and there is minimal disruption to your users.

  • Management Requirements

Working with multiple service providers gives your business a lot of leverage when it comes to maximizing your cloud capabilities, but it also adds an additional layer of management. While a diverse range of providers offers many benefits, you’re required to maintain each relationship and skill set, which can tie up your IT team’s resources.

  • Compliance

Depending on your industry, compliance with government standards may be a critical component of managing your data. Whether it’s HIPAA, FISMA, DSS, PCI, or other, you’ll need to ensure compliance is met with each cloud provider. This is entirely possible, but it does add an additional layer of management to your cloud computing solution.

The TRiA Tool

For businesses who want to use a multi-cloud computing environment, efficient management is critical. Without it, issues can quickly arise, with the potential to derail your operations. Enter TRiA, Connectria’s solution that allows you to manage multiple clouds with one tool.

TRiA is a cloud management platform that gives you the ability to manage multiple clouds from a single dashboard, streamlining your IT process while giving you the advantages of running several cloud solutions.

Multiple cloud management can be tricky when you’re approaching each service from a different angle. With TRiA, harnessing the benefits of each cloud service while sidestepping resource-heavy management issues becomes an effortless reality.

Connectria has developed TRiA with more than twenty years of experience as an industry-leading managed services provider. Our team of experts in managed cloud services has extensive experience in tailoring solutions that work with your unique needs and requirements while making it easy for your team to manage your workflows.

WIth Connectria, your business can reap all the rewards of a multi-cloud environment in a simple and efficient way that allows you to focus more on growth and development and less on cloud services management.

With more than 1,000 businesses in our portfolio, we understand your pain points when it comes to multi-cloud management, and we’ve designed the TRiA tool to create a seamless experience that you and your IT team can put to the ultimate test: running your cloud services without disruption or other challenges. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about TRiA and begin your trial.

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