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The top four benefits of multi-cloud strategy

May 08, 2020

The top four benefits of multi-cloud strategy

Multi-cloud strategy is predicted to dominate the IT enterprise landscape—but why? What makes having cloud environments across multiple providers so attractive? Simply put, the benefits of using a multi-cloud architecture, especially for cloud security, can make all the difference for companies looking to establish a competitive foothold in today’s digital economy. Here are the top four benefits of using a multi-cloud architecture.

1.    Avoiding vendor lock-in

When your entire cloud architecture resides with only one cloud provider, they have all the leverage, and if there are things you don’t like about their services, too bad. Multi-cloud strategy turns the tables by allowing companies to get the ‘best of both worlds’ from more than one vendor. Developers can also create applications that can make cloud architectures from different providers work together. This makes transferring to a competitor that much easier, should that situation ever arise.

2.    Cloud optimization

Staying competitive in the current digital marketplace means being as efficient as possible. By leveraging the strengths of multiple cloud vendors against each other, companies can ensure the architecture responsible for something important, like customer transactions, always resides in the most optimal environment. A well-planned multi-cloud strategy will even allow smooth shifting between cloud provider environments, when necessary. This means a company can always maximize providers’ advantages, performance, cost, etc.

3.    Defense against Distributed Denial of Service attacks

The threat of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks has only grown in recent years, along with their ability to render a website useless for long periods of time. Multi-cloud architecture focusing on cloud security can mitigate DDoS campaigns through the ability to instantly shift workloads to additional cloud enviros, thus ensuring downtime is minimal. Resiliency of this sort simply isn’t possible in a single-cloud architecture.

4.    Enhanced reliability

Multi-cloud planning can help companies ensure reliability for non-malicious circumstances. Retail transaction errors and other service outages can be avoided by instantly routing services to backup cloud environments that can handle the job. Services can also automatically shift back over to the primary environment once any errors and outages have been resolved. Enhancing reliability and service availability in this way can make all the difference in a competitive marketplace.

To learn how multi-cloud strategy can help your customers, talk to Ingram Micro’s data center experts. Contact Samuel Alt at samuel.alt@ingrammicro.com or Nick Vermiglio at nick.vermiglio@ingrammicro.com