When planning or managing cloud computing, a multi-cloud approach is often recommended and the best practice for most enterprises, following the “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” advice from the financial planning world. Managing multiple clouds is an additional layer of complexity though, so here three tips for doing it well.
But first let’s review the differences between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (Saas).
- With Iaas and PaaS environments, you want to see data center locations to determine proximity to customers and you want to avoid vendor lock-in. Most people are already using a SaaS model for their CRM, ecommerce, HR platform, productivity applications, etc. As part of a multi-cloud strategy, you just want to verify that SaaS environments support single sign-on.
- Keeping ongoing management of multiple public cloud environments efficient depends on your definition of efficiency. Cost efficiency is very different from development efficiency, which will optimize differently than support and run efficiency, which depends on your headcount.
- IT leaders should know where the application piece fits in relation to the data piece when optimizing costs and resources for multiple public clouds. A web app built in one cloud, but stored in another cloud might not work as well, or at all, as it would in its originating cloud. The impacts of latency depend on the cloud environment so don’t just pick the cheapest from each cloud.
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