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Managing Risk in Your Multi-Cloud Strategy

The prevalence of Cloud services is seen across all kinds of enterprises today. There are now more options available for building cloud-based solutions and infrastructure. Major Cloud Service Providers (CSP), such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud, are seen as the top Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) choices by many businesses.

Public Cloud spending has been projected to grow from $229 billion this year to nearly $500 billion in four years’ time, according to IDC. Businesses are increasingly using more than one CSP, opting for a more diverse mix of Cloud services for various aspects of the IT operations.

There are plenty of benefits to adopt a multi-cloud strategy which include reducing the risk of vendor lock-in and eliminating single points of failure. Multi-cloud strategy is particularly important for businesses that are running mission-critical applications on the Cloud, having absolutely zero tolerance for downtime.

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Enterprises need greater resilience, power of choice and flexibility when managing their workloads in the Cloud. The Achilles heel, in most cases, is the connection to the Cloud. Many are choosing direct cloud connection as it offers better security and performance. At the same time, it is also a complex undertaking. The simplest way to do so is by accessing them through a connectivity provider like Epsilon.

With a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) platform like Infiny, businesses can better manage risk and simplify their connectivity to the Cloud. The ability to connect multiple CSPs using a single platform solves the challenges associated with accessing each unique CSP. At the same time, they can use the self-service portal to interconnect whenever and wherever required.

Cost Optimisation
While direct cloud connection reduces egress charges, connecting to multiple CSPs can still be daunting from a cost perspective. Businesses should only be paying for the bandwidth capacity they need. Having a centralised platform to scale bandwidth to multiple Clouds enables them to better manage their spend and reduce cost in the long term.

Improved Uptime
The scalability and flexibility of an SDN-powered solution allows enterprises to better manage unscheduled downtime. Network resources across multiple clouds can be reallocated quickly, in the event a CSP experiences service outage. Real-time visibility of the network performance can also be monitored to ensure the Cloud connection is delivered optimally.

Cloud Security
Most importantly, cybersecurity has become a top priority for all businesses. Direct connection to the Cloud is only the first step to securing your multi-cloud environment. Think about the underlying network powering the connectivity – is it a carrier-grade network? For larger organisations, other factors include authentication and security policy for remote access to the Cloud. Should they consider a managed SD-WAN solution to mitigate these risks?

With multi-cloud strategy becoming the new norm, there is now even greater emphasis on network connectivity. The network has to become ‘Cloud-like’ in order to deliver real benefits to the enterprise.

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