What Multi-Cloud means to the non-IT executive?


Cloud-based services are the buzzwords nowadays. Every new software or Software as a Service (SaaS) provision is being made cloud-accessible so that it automatically integrates with the global network. If your startup engages in providing IT-based solutions, your entire executive workforce needs to be well-versed with the cloud-based utilities and the related services. IT-based solutions are rapidly becoming the definition of modernized and integrated services.

The latest trend in the technological realm is the concept of multi-cloud. Multi-cloud is the usage of multiple cloud computing and storage services in a composite design as a single functional unit. In the technical language, multi-cloud is also known as Polynimbus Cloud Strategy.

It’s a bit of a complex definition.

Let’s turn down the heat and understand the concept of multi-cloud in detail in the context of a non-IT executive.

In the simplest words, multi-cloud can be understood as the distribution of cloud-based assets, software, SaaS, applications, etc. across several cloud-hosting platforms. So, a typical multi-cloud setup or architecture may contain at least two independent yet connected cloud environments (both public as well as private) so that the reliance on any single cloud-services’ provider gets eliminated.

A multi-cloud environment is different from a hybrid-cloud one in the following manners: –

Multi-cloud refers to providing multiple-cloud services through two or more services’ providers; unlike the hybrid-cloud environment, that deals in having multiple deployment modes of services.

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In a multi-cloud environment, the mandatory presence of any synchronization between the cloud-hosting platforms is not essential to perform any given function; unlike the hybrid-cloud environment, where parallel or distributed computing provisions are vital to delivering upon any given service.

For your startup being majorly composed of a non-IT staff, a typical multi-cloud architecture and the reasons/benefits behind deploying it can be summarized as follows: –

Significant reduction in reliance over a single cloud-services provider/vendor.

Increase in flexibility through choice.

Reduction in latency through distribution of cloud-based services to clients/customers from physically / geographically closer cloud-services provider.

Efficient mitigation against disasters like data loss and security breach; a follow-up to the famous saying – don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Flexibility in adherence to local policies of data privacy for different cloud services units.

Now, let’s understand these reasons/benefits (point-by-point) in a detailed perspective.

Due to any technical failure of one or more cloud-services provider, your enterprise will still be left with at least a single cloud unit, in functional and operating mode, to continue your business as usual.

Your business will have the options to choose from the services to be allotted to different cloud units for distribution among your clientele/customers.

With only a single cloud unit, your services might not reach your customers on time at every instant. But, with the presence of multi-cloud groups, you will have the ability to distribute those services through the closest possible cloud-services provider quickly.

Working with the cloud-based businesses, where everything is data-driven, its loss and breach thereby jeopardizing your entire business are possible. Unless along with high-end data security measures you also disperse your data storage under multiple cloud-based storage environments.

Some countries / geographical areas have policies to store the physical data locally. If you don’t have a cloud unit there, your business might suffer. So, with locally situated cloud-based storage units, your business can keep functioning along with the adherence to the local policies; everyone’s happy.

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Multi-cloud is a concept of – No single provider can be everything for everyone!

Although multi-cloud is a step ahead towards advanced cloud-computing provisions, it also gets affected from the terms of security and governance; along with the most obvious – the paradox of choice for a variety of cloud-based products and services. Regular advancements are being made to make multi-cloud free of all the bottlenecks and hurdles; it has yet to achieve the status of near-perfect.

But, that doesn’t imply to drop its implementation to your startup. If your vision projects your business as one of the Fortune 500 Companies someday, better start upon this particular option to expand your enterprise from a locally situated business entity to a multi-national company with a significant global presence.

Among the many available cloud-services providers, most suited ones for startups are: –

Office 365 Service Company

Amazon Lightsail

Microsoft BizSpark

IBM SoftLayer

Think big; Dream bigger; Execute in the biggest possible manner!

A fierce competition of survival has already begun in the business realm; it’s your turn to roll the dice and up the ante!

About the author

Kalyan Gali

A technology evangelist who has played the role of virtual CTO of over a dozen tech start-ups globally, with several of them now becoming renowned names in their verticals. I’m a digital professional, leader and strategist. Most of my colleagues and gurus say am expert in business communications, product management, User product design, startup strategies, creative direction and process design.

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