- December 15, 2021
- Catagory multi-cloud
There are more choices then ever when it come to picking the right public cloud platform for the right workload.
Even though all the major public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud, all have similar offerings for common workloads, their available services are increasingly diverse. Choosing the right one can be tough choice for just a single application migration, let alone deciding what should be in your multi-cloud environment.
Find a balance
Selecting a single cloud platform that will meet all your needs has its appeal, but a multi-cloud environment offers redundancy and keeps you from being locked into a single vendor. But although there’s value in a best-of-breed approach to meet specific business application needs, you also want to avoid cloud sprawl. While you should choose your public cloud platform based on which one can best meet requirements, some compromises might be sensible if it means keeping your public cloud provider portfolio manageable.
SMBs will get the biggest bang for their buck to by making sure your public cloud adoption improves productivity without making your IT team work harder or requiring a great deal of user support. Collaboration applications should be easy for remote workers to use anywhere, regardless of device, such as Microsoft Office 365 or Google Docs. For business users who have specific needs, such as sales and marketing, you may need a public cloud instance for a CRM tool. Your selection criteria should consider available integrations across different public cloud platforms—many vendors do play nice with each other and work well in tandem.
Standardizing on a small number of public cloud platforms will provide productivity gains while lowering your total cost of ownership and keeping IT staff free to work on other more strategic projects such as digital transformation efforts.
Bolstering security, especially at a time when many employees are working remotely, should be just as important as meeting your business requirements. Public cloud platforms can bring a lot to the table because they can apply the same capabilities to your mission-critical data as they do to their own infrastructure. However, when you adopt a multi-cloud strategy, it’s important to remember that security is a shared responsibility—be sure to know what your role is and what the cloud provider is responsible for.
A multi-cloud strategy enables organizations to leverage the ideal platform for the right business need but building your own multi-cloud environment can seem overwhelming. An experienced managed IT services provider can help you get the most from your public cloud deployments so you can successfully select the right public cloud platform for each workload.
- February 13, 2020
- Catagory Multi-Cloud
There’s a lot to be said for having a single public cloud platform for all mission critical workloads, especially if it’s through managed service provider because you know who to hold accountable if something goes wrong.
But the rise of multi-cloud reflects that different public cloud platforms have their unique strengths and are better at some things than others. Some are geared for high a volume of transactions with reliability for busy periods, while others are better for low priority workloads, such as backups. Some public cloud platforms require a great deal of technical know how from the customer, while others have easy to use drag and drop interfaces.
You might use one platform for business users to support collaboration, while another is more appealing to technical staff and developers working on custom applications that aren’t yet in production. Your industry and the nature of your business, as well as how your people are organized, also influence what public cloud platform make the most sense for you.
Balance standardization with niche needs
If you’re an SMB, then you’re probably looking for the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to public cloud platforms. Even if you have the budget for multiple instances, you want to make sure they’ll improve productivity without making your IT team work harder or require a great deal of user support.
For general collaboration, you’re going to want something that’s easy to onboard users regardless of location and has a straightforward pricing model. This is especially true for organizations with multiple locations spread across a city, province or even across the country. Real estate, for example, includes brokers, agents and property managers geographically dispersed and handling a wide array of tasks and client information, and they will need to be productive on the go. Charities and other not-for-profit organizations, meanwhile, are particularly resource-constrained, so they want something that requires little technical management.
Either Microsoft Office 365 or Google Docs are likely to tick all the boxes for most general collaboration and productivity needs, including email integration to keep people in touch. However, there may be some business users who have specific needs, such as sales and marketing, so you’re possibly looking at another public cloud instance for a CRM tool. The good news is that many public cloud platforms from different vendors do play nice and offer integrations, so they will work well in tandem.
If you can standardize on a select number of public cloud platforms for business users, you’ll make productivity gains while lowering your total cost of ownership and keep IT staff freed to work on other projects. However, certain user groups within the organization may have specific, niche requirements.
Pick the right public cloud platform for the right workload
Cloud-based collaboration and communications are table stakes for most organization, but certain industries turn to public cloud platforms for workloads that are unique and often seasonal.
Despite being resource constrained, charities and other not-for-profit organizations may have busy seasons for donations that require a robust technology infrastructure to support online donations. Similarly, the education sector has busy periods where prospective students are bombarding them with applications. Municipal governments also have their busy seasons, such as registration for seasonal community programs, while retail must be sure their e-commerce and point of sale systems are ready for the spike in shopping from Black Friday to Boxing Day Week.
These workloads tend to be a little more unique. Unlike collaboration tools where features and ease of use and management are deciding factors, other compute and storage needs of SMBs are all different and heavily influenced by the nature of their respective industry and regulatory environment. Reliability and redundancy are especially critical, and given that these workloads are most customized, require technical expertise to deploy them on the most appropriate public cloud platform.
A multi-cloud strategy enables organizations to leverage the ideal public cloud platform for the right business need. Although some can be set up easily with and run with little IT support, others might benefit from the expertise of a managed service provider who can help you get the most from your public cloud deployments.