Multi-Cloud 101: 7 Things You Need to Know

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Con: Cloud Fatigue

Customers attempting to leverage multiple cloud providers could find themselves spending inordinate amounts of time ensuring data is available in the most relevant cloud provider (based on costs, features, workload locations, and so forth). Data consumption patterns could cause undesirable amounts of data migration between clouds, and this in turn could increase costs. Additionally, the coordination of cloud assets could cause increased burden on the staff managing cloud providers, and without the appropriate amount of automation could end up being very expensive.

For most organizations, it's no longer a question of if they will use cloud, but rather how to best use the cloud. Cloud is a staple for many enterprise IT strategies and from the looks of things only stands to become more important in years to come. According to Gartner, spending on public cloud servers is expected to grow 16 percent in 2016, despite projections that global IT spending will fall overall. On the whole, the cloud market is becoming increasingly crowded and increasingly complicated, often leaving enterprises with the paradox of choice.

While AWS, Azure and Google duke it out for dominance in the public cloud market, numerous smaller private or enterprise tech giants are developing new cloud offerings, which can make it difficult for businesses to decide where to spend their cloud dollars.

And while many large companies already have a multi-cloud infrastructure in place, smaller enterprises and even SMBs are also beginning to consider use of a multi-cloud strategy, in which multiple cloud solutions are leveraged for a more complete and purpose-built cloud architecture. In this slideshow, Avere Systems, a provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, outlines seven essentials that businesses should be aware of when considering a multi-cloud strategy.


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