7 secrets to a successful multi-cloud strategy

Deploying a multi-cloud strategy can lead to substantial benefits, while avoiding vendor lock-in. Here’s how to do it right.

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For a growing number of enterprises, a migration to the cloud is not a simple matter of deploying an application or two onto Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or some other hosted service. It’s a multi-cloud strategy that’s a key part of a digital transformation initiative aimed at modernizing business processes.

Deploying a multi-cloud strategy can lead to substantial benefits.

Using multiple cloud computing services such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) in a single heterogeneous architecture offers the ability to reduce dependence on any single vendor, says Brian Reynolds, principal with audit and advisory firm Grant Thornton.

It can also improve disaster recovery and data-loss resilience, make it easier to exploit pricing programs and consumption/loyalty promotions, help companies comply with data sovereignty and geopolitical barriers, and enable organizations to deliver the best available infrastructure, platform, and software services, Reynolds says.

“Cost optimization is a huge benefit,” says Glenn Pinnel, CIO at paint producer Benjamin Moore & Co., which moved to a cloud-first strategy several years ago and has never looked back. “It’s not so much that you are spending less by going multi-cloud, but rather you are managing risk far better.”

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