What Is a Multicloud Infrastructure?
A Multicloud Infrastructure is an approach in which organizations use two or more public, private or hybrid clouds and storage services at the same time to support different application workloads, or business or technical requirements.
This approach is frequently used by organizations when they want to:
- Create the best solution for their business by selecting and combining individual services from different cloud providers (to take advantage of the best features and pricing from each provider).
- Improve their performance by distributing workloads across multiple clouds to run them in the most effective environment
- Reduce the risks of a cloud provider having an outage and their organization’s mission-critical applications not being available and/or having their organization be locked into just one cloud provider’s infrastructure, services and pricing.
That said, a multicloud infrastructure is especially effective when an organization:
- Has users that aren’t near a data center or are spread out across a large geographic area.
- Needs an environment in which public clouds can be used with on-premises equipment.
- Must comply with various laws and regulations that require them to store data in a specific place (such as with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)).
- Has cloud-based applications that aren’t resilient, which could potentially affect disaster recovery in the event a data center is ever destroyed.
However, to secure and optimize applications and workloads across multiple clouds an organization must: 1) Balance application performance with cost, agility and availability to ensure their workloads and data storage are in the right environment across multiple public and private cloud providers; 2) Be able to move their workloads and data storage based on policies directly aligned with their business’s requirements, objectives and constraints; 3) Ensure all aspects of their organization’s infrastructure matches the speed of the cloud; and 4) Have a well-architected infrastructure and full visibility and control of their environment.
The Multicloud Infrastructure Journey
Creating a Multicloud Infrastructure is a process. A few ways to start the journey include:
- Ensure your environment is virtualized.
- Establish metrics for your organization such as SLAs and SLO.
- Conduct assessments to determine which cloud is the most optimal for specific workloads and applications.
- Develop a strategy for transitioning workloads.
- Automate and orchestrate time-consuming tasks.
But it’s important to keep in mind: You don’t have to go on this journey alone. Myriad360 can help you navigate the cloud landscape and create the detailed roadmap you need to successfully build and use an open, flexible, secure and compliant Multicloud Infrastructure that supports all of your organization’s system and storage needs, and optimizes your workloads.
Some of the benefits of having a Multicloud Infrastructure are that it enables your organization to:
- Flexibly move workloads between clouds.
- Develop products and services with more agility.
- Consistently apply your organization’s policies across public and private clouds.
- Scale to meet cyclical or event-driven demand.
- Better manage public cloud spending across your organization.
- Measure workload performance and efficiency.
- Adapt to continually evolving regulatory requirements.
For more information about Multicloud Infrastructures and how to use various cloud technologies to optimize workloads visit https://myriad360.com/design/multicloud-infrastructure/