It’s a simple fact now that a majority of businesses employ a multi-cloud strategy. Published data shows that 90% of large enterprises had adopted a multi-cloud approach by the end of 2021. For small businesses, a majority (60%) use more than one Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud platform — a figure expected to increase by another 20% by the end of 2023. Specifically, investing in developing a VMware multi-cloud strategy makes a lot of sense for organizations looking to keep up.
A multi-cloud approach means implementing two (or more) cloud computing services from any number of cloud providers and then integrating them with an organization’s private cloud infrastructure. It’s essentially combining IaaS offers from cloud vendors with on-premises or private cloud environments. Some seek multi-cloud solutions for redundancy or to prevent being locked in with one vendor, and others turn to multiple cloud services for access to a particular feature or services available in a particular segment or location.
When it comes to a multi-cloud strategy, VMware is acknowledged as an industry leader. Arnet Technologies, as a certified partner, is equipped to offer even smaller organizations this enterprise-level solution to businesses looking to expand their cloud options. Today we’ll discuss what factors drive the decision to go to a multi-cloud setup, how such a move can benefit your business, and what to do to get started.
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Why Use a VMware Multi-Cloud Strategy?
Looking toward several providers for multiple cloud services offers up advantages for businesses in a number of areas. Here are three primary reasons why looking to diversify your cloud setup is a smart move.
Flexibility & Scalability
Maybe a current cloud provider doesn’t offer a unique feature or service that could be a major difference-maker for your organization. You can implement multi-cloud to tap into that service. Using multiple providers also means avoiding being locked into just one vendor and can provide leverage during negotiations. As demand varies, you can increase or decrease support and capacity through multiple sources. With multiple options, your business retains more control and can adjust more freely.
A VMware multi-cloud strategy gives access to a wide array of services while composing new use cases or applications. This is important as more and more organizations increase their adoption of cloud-native applications based on microservices, APIs, and containers.
Not every cloud provider will offer services or store data in every geography. A multi-cloud strategy can help ensure your organization can abide by regulatory and government mandates, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, no matter where your business is located.
How a Multi-Cloud Strategy Benefits Your Business
Agility & Choice
With a multi-cloud approach, businesses can overcome the hurdles of legacy infrastructure and limited internal capacity to gain the flexibility needed to remain competitive in their markets. You can methodically migrate workloads and modernize their application portfolio with cloud-specific services best suited for each application.
Best of Breed Services
With more than one cloud platform implemented, your business can pick and choose the best fitting, performing, or priced solution for your specific circumstances. The criteria are up to you, whether that means the service level agreement, performance characteristics, or database location, and give you the choice in crafting an overall solution to meet the most pressing needs.
With more than one cloud provider or infrastructure, you’ll have added resilience. If there is a failure, or cyberattack, affecting one provider, organizations can rapidly failover workloads from one provider to another. Once the problem is resolved, they can revert them back. Your entire infrastructure won’t be dependent on just one provider.
How To Get Started
Businesses should begin mapping a VMware multi-cloud strategy by first assessing their business and technical requirements, and their application needs — both in the cloud and on-premises.
Once needs are identified, planning should start on which cloud services will best meet those needs. A comprehensive strategy should consider many factors, including:
- Existing applications, and whether they currently reside in a cloud provider
- Unique benefits of each cloud provider and how they map to current needs
- Overall relationship with existing cloud provider portfolio
- Are there concerns regarding vendor lock-in?
- Strategic or business benefits from a multi-cloud strategy, such as compliance or governance issues that would be solved or addressed.
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Trust Arnet Technologies to Guide Your VMware Multi-Cloud Strategy
For more than 10 years Arnet Technologies has provided premier managed IT services to businesses in Columbus and across Ohio. Our superior customer service allows you to focus on growing your business, while we handle the details (and headaches) of IT.
We’re experts in working with Horizon, VMware’s industry-leading cloud services offering, and in creating cost-effective solutions powered by enterprise-level technology. We provide an all-inclusive, cloud-based set of IT services to provide your business with everything it needs — hardware, software, backup, security, encryption, updates, maintenance, and day-to-day IT support. From access control and spam filtering to managed backup and multi-cloud support, you get it all for one simple monthly fee.
If you’re ready to elevate your cloud experience, connect with our team today to learn more about how we can help you optimize your IT environment.