Busted! 5 Myths and Truths about Multi-cloud

The importance of the cloud in enhancing business agility and flexibility is widely accepted by most enterprises (98%, according to Oracle) due to the extended emphasis on cloud technology.

Even large industry leaders with significant investments in legacy systems have recognized the benefits of migrating their data to the cloud. Hybrid solutions have allowed them to leverage the advantages of the cloud while retaining their data onsite when a complete migration is not feasible or too expensive. However, cloud migration can be a demanding process, and there are still some persistent misconceptions about potential downsides, such as increased expenses from multiple services, untested technologies leading to reduced reliability, challenges in managing complex systems, and heightened security threats. In this article, CloudMile will debunk the top 5 myths about the adoption of multi-cloud.

Myth #1: Multicloud is more expensive

There is a common belief that adopting multiple cloud services results in higher costs for enterprises. However, with simplified pricing models of cloud services, businesses of all sizes have gained clearer insights into their IT costs. Nonetheless, overly-simplified cost estimates for additional services can lead to misjudgment. It is essential to note that specialized services don't necessarily increase costs, but they enable enterprises to allocate their cloud workloads among top-performing providers that offer additional services, extra support, and budget-conscious alternatives. This approach can help businesses achieve specific objectives and goals.

Myth #2: Most enterprises only use one cloud

At first glance, it appears that the majority of companies simply select either AWS, Microsoft Azure, or GCP from the cloud provider menu without considering other options. However, many businesses, particularly those that have invested in technology solutions for decades, desire a wider range of options beyond just the main course. These enterprises seek hybrid and multi-cloud solutions to maximize their resources and avoid dependence on a single vendor. Google recognizes the significance of an "open cloud" for fostering innovation, agility, and adaptability. To facilitate the integration of multiple clouds, Google is strengthening its open-source ecosystem, with a particular focus on making the process as seamless as possible. For instance, BigQuery facilitates the ingestion of data from various sources and enables data analytics in a single location.

Myth #3: Multicloud is slow and unreliable

Speed is a key competitive advantage in today’s business environment. To gain an edge over competitors, it is crucial to be able to roll out updates rapidly and consistently. Enterprises put too much effort into streamlining production processes so updates can roll out as quickly as possible, but multiplying those efforts over disparate systems seems slow. Fortunately, Google Cloud offers a solution for system orchestration through Cloud Operations and Cloud Build, which present a unified interface for building, testing, and deploying software across various programming languages and multiple clouds. With easy-to-use developer tools and operation suites, developers can concentrate on development, without worrying about being hindered by the complexity of multiple environments.

Myth #4: Multicloud is complex and difficult to manage

The simplicity of management disappears as each new cloud introduces another layer of complexity, diverting time and resources toward their management. However, it doesn't have to be that way. Google engineers have decades of experience in the hyperscaling of resources in a way that makes them portable, manageable, and efficient at a massive scale. Kubernetes, the open-source container orchestration technology, was originally developed by Google and is now offered by providers for customers ranging from SMBs to enterprises. To reduce the complexity of managing multicloud, Google introduced Anthos, which provides management of containerized applications across multiple clouds and on-premises environments from a single management plane, and brings the easy-to-use control plane to every environment.

Myth #5: Multicloud is not secure

Have you ever forgotten to lock the door at night? Now, imagine having multiple doors, numerous locks, and a variety of people with distinct keys. That’s a lot of variables to manage and more potential places for an attacker to gain access. Digital doors protect your data in much the same way as real ones, so how can you ensure that all of them are locked securely and adhere to digital sovereignty? The Google Cloud Security ecosystem provides familiar tools to manage the security of multiple clouds and Google Anthos has security protection best practices to simplify security management across your cloud portfolio. With the proper tools and the right partner, multicloud is not as intimidating or complex as it may seem. In reality, distributing applications and data across multiple clouds may enhance the resilience of your environment rather than putting all your resources in one place.

CloudMile: Your myth-busting partner on your multicloud journey

Google Cloud helps businesses everywhere embrace multicloud to break down data silos, bolster security, reduce management complexity, and optimize their cloud services. And CloudMile, as a Google Cloud premier partner, has the expertise to support your expansion and make the transition to multicloud easier. Contact CloudMile today so we can put these myths to rest and set your business on the path to multicloud.

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