Enterprises need to build a multi-cloud storage strategy

Although cloud storage has many benefits, it also carries lots of risks, especially for organizations based solely on one provider.

Two researchers Abhishek Bhattacharya and Sean O'Donnell from Sapient Global Markets have made several observations about cloud storage in the near future. 


In building and implementing a cloud computing strategy, critical decisions are not about choosing the "best" provider, but depend on how to organize and operate, as well as on the clouds of many different providers. 

For some projects, the collaboration with a cloud provider will optimize the system and data, meeting the storage requirements. However, it is not always like that. Trusting in a single vendor will hinder flexibility in the long run, leading to inadequate use for the purpose. 

A conscious organization that develops multi-cloud storage strategy will have a holistic view and improve its competitive advantage. To increase the success rate, the strategy needs to address the following 4 things: 

Selecting the provider 

Each cloud platform has different strengths. Businesses need to set clear criteria and decisions when selecting a specific provider to exploit outstanding strengths. 

Each needs to identify the right platform for not only using cloud storage applications but also meeting data protection needs and privacy requirements or taking advantage of scalability to control large data. 

Reviewing costs 

When selecting the right supplier, negotiating the best price and estimating the cost over time is also very important. 

Admittedly, cloud pricing is far more complex than rocket science because the price is not the only difference among providers but it is also the difference in the services of a single provider. 

Deployment and distribution 

Although all cloud platforms share some common ground, each cloud will have its own nuances. When developing a multi-cloud strategy, enterprises must consider the requirements for personnel and training. Each cloud will need a dedicated team to deploy and distribute on that platform, as well as standardize processes. 

Operation management 

When applications are moved to different clouds, how are they monitored? Does the business rely on linkage model based on the ability of each vendor's supervision? Or does it need to use third-party tools to keep track of it? 

These questions belong to the areas of incident management, disaster recovery and service level measurement. However, an organization that builds multi-cloud strategy must have a way of integrating those platforms into management. 

The enterprises must have IT systems to ensure that cloud platforms are managed as part of daily operations. 

By building a multi-cloud strategy with a high applicability, the enterprises will leverage business efficiency and support for business and bring more convenience to customers. 

By: Roxana Edwards

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