Multi-cloud Use Has Become the Norm

Multiple clouds within an organization have become the norm. This strategy enables organizations to reduce risk and dependence on a single cloud platform. The SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative (CSTI) discussed this topic at length at our live webcast last month Why Use Multiple Clouds?

We polled our webcast attendees on their use of multiple clouds and here’s what we learned about the cloud platforms that comprise their multi-cloud environments:

Our expert presenters, Mark Carlson and Gregory Touretsky, also discussed the benefits of a storage abstraction layer that insulates the application from the underlying cloud provider’s interfaces, something the SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI™) 2.0 enables.

Cost is always an issue with cloud. One of our session attendees asked: do you have an example of a cloud vendor who does not toll for egress? There may be a few vendors that don’t charge, but one we know of that is toll free on egress is Seagate’s Lyve Cloud; they only charge for used capacity.

We were also challenged on the economics and increased cost due to the perceived complexity of multi-cloud specifically, security. While it’s true that there’s no standard security model for multi-cloud, there are 3rd party security solutions that can simplify its management, something we covered in the webinar.  

If you missed this webinar, you can access it on-demand and get a copy of the presentation slides in the SNIA Educational Library

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