“Most organizations adopt a multi-cloud strategy out of a desire to avoid vendor lock-in or to take advantage of best-of-breed solutions.”
Michael Warrilow, VP Analyst, Gartner
The ever-expanding cloud services, the looming threat of data loss, unplanned downtime, and improper distribution of computing resources are all pushing organizations to avoid cloud vendor lock-ins. More and more organizations are now investing in multiple cloud computing services offered by different vendors. A multi-cloud networking environment can be set up as all-private, all-public, or a mishmash of both. This recent boom in moving from a single private cloud to multi-tenant public and hybrid clouds is on a constant upsurge. According to a recent Gartner survey of public cloud users, 81% of respondents confirmed working with two or more cloud vendors.
Let us now look at the main use cases for a multi-cloud network in the next section.
Use Cases for a Multi-Cloud Network
Avoid Vendor Lock-ins: The main benefit of a multi-cloud network is the ability to avoid vendor lock-ins and have a choice of multiple cloud providers for greater flexibility.
Reduced Downtime and Data Loss: With multiple cloud providers each outage, data loss, or downtime affects only localized components as opposed to the entire infrastructure.
Business and Technical Goals: Customers can achieve certain business and technical goals (increased speed, capacity, or certain features offered by vendors based on geography) with ease with a multi-cloud vendor approach.
Optimal Performance: Due to the data sovereignty offered by a multi-cloud approach, businesses can reach optimal performance and experience minimal latency. This also provides the flexibility for organizations to locate compute resources that are the closest to the end-users.
Achieving Compliance: It is also easier for businesses to meet their goals of risk management, compliance regulations, and governance with a multi-cloud networking approach.
Let us now peek into the main benefits of a multi-cloud network.
Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Environment
Competitive Pricing: The availability of several cloud vendors increases the market competition which results in cheaper rates for consumers and avoidance of vendor lock-ins. Most organizations can now enjoy the flexibility of comparing vendors and securing the best one to suit their pricing needs. Payment flexibility, customizable capacity, and adjustable contracts are just a few of the many perks that a multi-cloud environment offers.
Scalability: Scaling your storage requirements based on your needs is easier than ever within a multi-cloud infrastructure. Research indicates that 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last couple of years alone. This growing need for data scalability pushes most multi-cloud providers to work collectively to provide the best space, security, and protection options to consumers based on the individual needs of each data segment.
Enhanced Security: Cloud providers are responsible for maintaining a secure infrastructure that guarantees that they will ensure a safer network for their customers as well. Most multi-cloud vendors will regularly assess the compatibility of your resources and update your infrastructure requirements regularly to mitigate risks and protect organizational assets.
Improved Network Performance: Creating a high-speed and low latency network is a great advantage of multi-cloud environments. The costs of integrating your existing IT systems with the cloud are also reduced significantly. By leveraging the power of proximity, multi-cloud networks can offer reduced latency and enhanced application response time to customers. The use of faster, private links between multiple cloud service vendors greatly optimizes the interconnections between a network as well.
Increased Risk Management: A multi-cloud strategy is a good way to mitigate cloud risks. As an example, if one cloud vendor goes down or suffers a threat, a multi-cloud customer can easily switch to another cloud vendor or simply back up to the private cloud network. Multi-cloud networks are also robust as they employ redundant systems with built-in strong authentication capabilities.
In the next section, let us shed some light on how Exium is benefitting customers with its multi-cloud approach.
Benefits of Exium’s Multi-Cloud Approach
Exium is the proud provider of the industry’s only multi-cloud network solution with deep-rooted, built-in cybersecurity for single-pass architecture. It offers a high-performance and secure multi-cloud environment that delivers on-demand security to applications regardless of their resident cloud status. Exium also provides customers with the flexibility to create a highly distributed applications environment that can run in all types of cloud environments – private, public, or hybrid. Creating instant network configurations, security policies, triaging and executing consistent analytics and reporting for different workloads is now easier than ever, thanks to Exium’s top of the line multi-cloud network offerings.
Let us now glance over the main benefits of Exium’s multi-cloud approach.
Unified Model: Exium takes pride in offering a unified networking and security model that makes manual configurations a thing of the past. This model is also based on delivering agility and speed, on-demand functionality, as-a-service consumption, and elastic scale up and scale down capabilities.
Cross-Cloud Segmentation: Exium can help you create network segments that span the entire multi-cloud network across public clouds and data centers.
Planet-scale Security Connectivity: Customers can build Planet-scale private networks with secure any-to-any network connectivity and services across public cloud, private data centers, and on-premises locations.
Easy Cloud Transformations: Exium can make cloud transformation easy for businesses by eradicating barriers. It does so by bringing business-critical applications to any cloud, anywhere.
Governance and Cloud-Visibility: With Exium, you can now extract comprehensive insights into application traffic flows, health, and state of your entire multi-cloud network and network services.
Charges Based on Consumption: Exium offers a flexible pay-as-you-go plan where you only pay for what you consume. There are no long-term contracts to sign nor any complex licensing requirements.
Cloud-scale Performance: Exium provides high-speed, low-latency transport between all connected cloud instances in public (AWS VPCs, Azure VNETs, and GCP VPCs) and private clouds.
The growing advancements in the world of cloud technology are accelerating the need for high-caliber multi-cloud networks. Most organizations are now transitioning away from legacy networks and are looking for ways to build fully distributed environments that are spread across multiple private, public, and hybrid clouds. Exium is helping accelerate businesses across the U.S. by providing a plethora of secure and reliant multi-cloud network services and resources.