Multi-Cloud Clustering refers to the use of multiple cloud computing and storage services under one system architecture. It consists of more than one cloud vendor (public or private). It uses various integrated servers to achieve the same service. It can be a cloud platform, a computer or software which helps in centralising the use of distributed deployment resources.
Why use multi-cloud platforms?
Due to system failures, many companies incur losses on multiple occasions. Eventually, there is a delay in achieving the technical or business requirements and getting things back to normal. To avoid such outages, various companies have already started using multi-cloud platforms. One of the significant benefits of using it is the availability of additional cloud platforms. In case one cloud platform is offline, the workload can be shifted to other available platforms.
Companies may choose to switch to multi-cloud platforms due to several benefits. This service is readily available. It reduces the risk of a critical application becoming unavailable in the time of need. Moreover, it can also be customised depending on the needs of the organisations. Hence, they can select the best available cloud type according to their locations, timings, business needs, etc. It also helps organisations to escape from vendor lock-in as the data is already stored on various service provider’s clouds.
Types of multi-cloud services:
A multi-cloud platform uses different types of architecture. The most commonly used structures are as follows:
1] Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
2] Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
3] Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
These architectures may not be necessarily connected. However, they can be used to meet the specific work requirements at any given point in time.
Security and Reliability
The multi-cloud strategy provides some security precautions which a single cloud cannot. It is beneficial in hindering Shadow IT activity. Shadow IT activity refers to the use of technology by multiple people within the organisation. The company’s IT department does not directly manage this activity. It may lead to security breaches. Multi-cloud services help in complying with IT policies. So, in case of any data breach, all the clouds won’t be affected, and other systems will continue to function.
It is also highly reliable as the data is stored on multiple clouds. The available information can be deployed in public or private clouds from various vendors. Thus, it helps in improving the performances, reducing the costs and achieving other vital metrics.
Uses of Multi-cloud Clustering practices
Using stable releases for production is a practice that should be adopted by the companies. Multi-cloud clusters help in providing the teams with the flexibility of choosing a variety of validated upstream releases. Some policies help in making cluster deployment safe and less risky. Automating cluster installations with the help of multi-cloud platforms results in higher-level workflows.
The security practices already in use can be separately applied. However, planning a security strategy that can work across multi-cloud platforms makes more sense.
Managing application on cloud clusters requires a consistent and centralised approach. The use of an appropriate cloud cluster helps in enabling flexibility in building and supporting different application types efficiently.
How can Open Minds H.A.S help?
With an experience of more than two decades in the industry. Solutions provided by Open Minds can help in migrating data, replicating data and protecting data across multi-cloud environments. Utilising the SIOS DataKeeper solution is one of the very few methods available today in the market the will allow multi-cloud and multi-zone clustering.
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