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We Live in a Multi-Cloud World


in Business, Cloud, Technology

You don’t need to look beyond your daily life to see we live in a multi-cloud world. Just think about the many different products and services we use every day. Media and entertainment, retail, transportation, financial services, even healthcare – all available through cloud services. Everything we can imagine is available at our fingertips to ensure we get exactly what we want, when we want it-- all because of cloud services. And, more accurately, because of multiple cloud services.

Obviously, as consumers, this immediate access to goods and services has improved our lives dramatically. Gone are the days when we needed to ask the store clerk if they could “check in the back” for a specific size, color, or model. In those days, you had to be ready to compromise or go home empty-handed. Today, however, with so many cloud services available to get exactly what we want, why would we ever compromise again?

The no-compromise, multi-cloud data center 

Just as multiple cloud services are available to the consumer, they are also available to the enterprise IT buyer. The same question should be asked in the enterprise: With multiple cloud services available for just about every IT requirement, why would we compromise our IT service capabilities with anything but the best service for our needs?

Well, as it turns out, according to a global survey conducted by Forrester Consulting, enterprise IT buyers won’t compromise either. The survey, Multi-cloud Arises from Changing Cloud Priorities, found that a clear majority (86%) of respondents describe their cloud strategy as multi-cloud. This means they are using two or more cloud services within their enterprise for a variety of needs – ranging from infrastructure and software services, to Platform-as-a-Service, and much more. They do this, as the study suggests, because they want to optimize their IT performance and meet business objectives – and they need multiple cloud services to do it.

This likely won’t be a surprise to most IT providers. As we know, not all applications are created equal, and as stated in the survey, “no single cloud platform meets all enterprise workload requirements”. Therefore, because applications have varying performance requirements, cost sensitivities, security and compliance requirements, and many other service variables, it makes sense that we deploy multiple cloud services to match the unique needs of our applications.

Multiple clouds help fine tune the business and enable innovation

The reality is that the benefits of deploying multiple cloud services go well beyond matching application requirements. They enable us to fine tune our capabilities to meet or exceed our business requirements, and focus on what matters most to the business: Innovation.

As example, managed cloud providers enable businesses to shift the risk of owning, migrating, hosting, and managing complex, mission-critical application landscapes to vendors who are experts in these applications and services. At the same time, these businesses can move their development or testing activities to a general-purpose cloud provider and keep other segments of their application landscape on-premises. In this example, the business has effectively right-sized their IT requirements through the selection of multiple clouds which optimizes cost, effort, time, and other variables and frees up time and resources that can be better spent on innovation.

Virtustream in a multi-cloud world

At Virtustream, we support the multi-cloud world by delivering cloud services that focus on running complex, mission-critical application landscapes like SAP and Oracle, for industries with sensitive data like healthcare, and for organizations that require high levels of security like in the public sector and in the Federal Government. Our goal is simple: Give customers an enterprise-class experience in the cloud that not only complements other cloud services and allows them to innovate, but more importantly, ensures that when it comes to their mission-critical applications, they never have to compromise.