The Realities of Multi-Cloud in Enterprises
Aug 12, 2019
Why would a company ever choose to take on the operational complexity of building applications on multiple cloud vendors' IaaS services? Often, it's not enterprises that choose multi-cloud. Multi-cloud chooses them.
We talk about multi-cloud as being an essential inevitability, not because we think that people are going to be building applications and then trying to arbitrage cost across different cloud providers to get the best cost profile.
I think we are pragmatic in our view that if you are a large enterprise, you're going to have heterogeneity. That's your reality, and you're going to have some of your infrastructure on-premises. You're going to have some of it on Amazon, you're going to have some on Azure, and some on Google Cloud, perhaps some on Alibaba, some on Oracle Cloud, if you're a big company.
I think most people recognize that this is not about arbitrage moving applications around, but rather that each of these cloud providers has a unique personality. For example, to generalize, Google tends to be quite good at the data-intensive applications. Amazon tends to be good at general-purpose applications. Azure is going to be good at Office 365 and .NET related applications, and, as well as for many companies, has been their traditional partner for many years.
What people are trying to solve, in our experience, is “how do I achieve a common operating model across on-prem, plus the different cloud providers we've got?” For us, multi-cloud is not a debate, it's the fact of reality for any enterprise. The same way that those enterprises have mainframes, they have AS/400s, they have essentially every investment in IT they've made over the course of history.
It still is important to them, and as you go to cloud, the idea that the world's going to re-platform all of that onto a single platform is not realistic for any organization of size.
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