Organisations search for the most productive computing model and try to capitalise on their strengths. From this organisational requirement the demand for multi-cloud model has arisen. The multi-cloud computing model has become appealing to organisations because of the fact that it enables them to capitalise strengths of wide array of computing models.  However, this model is a complex one for sure and that’s the reason why very sound strategies are required to not only built but also manage multi-cloud environments.

It has been seen that it the cloud model that has given them the ability to juggle issues with respect to -


   IT resource agility

   In-house technical support

There are many cloud service providers that have specialty in either common business or financial scenarios. That’s why they are capable of leading you to compelling cases of cloud business. However, specialisation of cloud service providers is also a problem for many users because of the simple fact that the specialised cloud environment is unable to meet the varied needs of many organisations. That’s why organisations have started preferring multiple service providers for their cloud requirement.

In this multi-cloud model, the user is given the ability to use each opportunity in an optimal manner. When such a set-up is chosen, wide array of things get added up to the mix. One of the problems here is that there are ample chances of losing control if not done on a careful manner. So, to avoid missing the value proposition opportunity brought to you by multiple cloud hosting model, the organisation needs to undertake the correct precautions.

Multi-Cloud Model and Associated Benefits

It will be misleading for businesses to think that a single cloud model can address all their IT related challenges. It must be kept in mind that the available three cloud models (namely, IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS) are there for targeting specific business objectives.

   IaaS – The first service to discuss here is IaaS (Infrastructure as a service). It is a virtual machine hosting whose main targets are geographic presence as well as capital cost. However, IaaS is neither able to affect software licensing in any manner nor agility of business / cost of technical support.

   PaaS – The second cloud model that is highly popular is Platform as a Service, whose short term is PaaS. It is mainly concerned with the benefits of software licensing and at the same time also helps in reducing cost associated with platform software support. Businesses depend heavily on the tools related to personal productivity. Some of those popular tools include collaborative software as well as office suites. They either have all the components of central server only a few of them. These tools can be hosted in PaaS or Platform as a Service. It can thereby eliminate problems associated with updates of software as well as features associated with synchronisation of central platforms as well as desktop. You can therefore witness a significant reduction in efforts of IT support. Therefore, the users are able to avail better applications.

   SaaS – The third and yet another important cloud model is SaaS. It essentially makes application in a service that eliminates all kinds of traditional IT costs associated as well as the activities.

A multi-cloud user mainly benefits from over one of the 3 cloud models (discussed above). This must be kept in mind that inter-dependence of one server with the other will be there. However, there could be dependence on one service mainly rather than dependence on all of them equally.

Which Service Drives your Multi Cloud Set-up?

Unnecessary complexity may arise if the user of a multi-cloud set up is not careful enough. This is because of the fact that unnecessary complexity will lead to rise of cost.

Most of the companies opt for multi cloud solution for a long period of time. However, there are only a few users that will balance the applications on all choices of cloud. If a user is already in a committed contract with that of a cloud service then there is high probability that this service provider is the primary one for planning purposes.  It may also happen that a company already gets service from multiple cloud service providers. In that case, it is generally witnessed that the major spending is done on a single provider. This is because of the fact that a company focuses on a cloud deployment that gives it the greatest cost benefit. The multi cloud plan will be chalked out around the service that is being offered by the primary service provider.

It may happen that a company hasn’t yet committed to any single cloud service, in that case the business needs to make a proper assessment of the applications for taking a decision on choosing the primary cloud model.

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