For a long time now, experts emphasized that a multi-cloud deployment is the right path for enterprises availing cloud services. Organizations have also started realizing the benefits of a multi-cloud deployment and started adopting it as per their respective MSPs’ advice. There are always rapid advancements in the technological world, and they force organizations to rejig their infrastructure to remain on the right side of the technical world spectrum.
In case of cloud infrastructure, these advancements come in the form of new updates and services hitting the market more quickly than consumer tech. Hence, organizations must either update their technology and retune their infrastructure or start from scratch. The majority of MSPs today have adopted the multi-cloud platform and offer their services to meet these evolving demands.
An MSP’s role is not just limited to managing the customer’s cloud infrastructure, but it is also responsible for keeping the customer atop tech advancements as cloud providers’ services evolve. The first and foremost problem faced by companies in maintaining one cloud provider is “compliance”. All the major public cloud providers are on an expansion spree and are rapidly launching new regions that are not always compliant with every organization’s needs. Organizations also have critical business data that needs to be kept on on-premise servers. Here, adopting different providers for different regions helps keep compliance problems or even downtimes in check.
Secondly comes the dreaded lock-in where organizations opt for a single cloud provider and often lose their ability to “lift and shift.” When an organization opts for a single cloud provider, they lose their freedom to switch as their entire infrastructure is based on a single provider, and other providers might not migrate the same data. This leads to probabilities of losses if the service faces some issues or downtime. Under the multi-cloud model, MSPs ensure that an organization’s business-critical data is stored on the infra of different providers. Thus, even if one provider faces issues, the business can continue its normal operations, albeit at a smaller scale for the interim.
Cost optimization also plays a significant role in choosing the provider. It becomes challenging to decide on a single cloud as multiple services demand different expenditures. If not kept in check, the cost of maintaining a cloud infrastructure can spiral out of control. Organizations have different needs and require varied services. With their extensive knowledge and experience, MSPs often recommend the multi-cloud approach for customers so that the prices can be kept in check.
Availability also plays a role when choosing a preferred cloud partner. Even market leader Amazon Web Services saw a disruption in its service a few days ago. Although the disruption was resolved quickly, it highlighted the need for adopting a multi-cloud approach. MSPs help their customers make the right decision and deploy their workloads over multiple clouds.
A single cloud provider has its own advantages and disadvantages. An organization has multiple needs that might include using Microsoft applications or handling a large amount of data. In these cases, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, respectively, can provide the best support. These limited and precise capabilities also provide organizations with reasons to opt for a multi-cloud platform.
Lastly, managing a multi-cloud platform is also a herculean task in itself. An organization has to manage multiple platforms to run their workloads, and MSPs step-in to make the organization’s life easier. However, almost all MSPs can truly handle cloud services only with the help of a qualified Cloud Management Platform (CMP). This is where Centilytics — an intelligent CMP — helps its users by providing a single platform to manage their multi-cloud infrastructure. Centilytics’ services range from cost optimization, allocation, cloud visibility, cloud automation, governance, and end-to-end security. Click here to get a completely free three-month trial of Centilytics for a stellar cloud management experience, and request your MSP to arm themselves with the Centilytics edge today!