Why Data Centres Are Adopting Multi-Cloud Environments

With rapid technological advances and changes in how employees use technology to access information and do their jobs, demand for data centre services is increasing in today’s modern enterprise. The key to building more agile and efficient data centres is leveraging a multi-cloud approach.

A multi-cloud model enables businesses to keep some services hosted on-site and some hosted in various public and private cloud environments depending on specific operational, security, regulatory and cost requirements. This approach leverages the cloud for production, testing, development and disaster recovery purposes, while maintaining an on-premise server or secure private cloud for particularly sensitive information or to meet regulatory compliance rules.

Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Approach

There are several important benefits of a multi-cloud model in data centres that contribute to increased adoption in enterprises:

1. Avoid Vendor Lock-In: With the multi-cloud model, companies can take advantage of the benefits of both a private and public cloud environment without locking into a multi-year, single vendor contract for infrastructure services.

By leveraging a mix of third-party cloud providers in a full or partial manner, organisations can better respond to immediate needs and limit down time. Shared environments and multi-tenancy can dramatically increase efficiency and productive workflow provisioning at a much lower cost.

2. Fosters a Self-Service Environment: A multi-cloud approach automates the provisioning of new services, freeing up time for IT departments to focus on core competencies. This enables non-IT staff to manage technology needs without involving IT. Users will have direct access to business-critical resources, applications and data.

A shift towards automation and self-service IT models also increases speed-to-market by allowing staff to deploy their own workloads and applications in minutes instead of days or weeks. Businesses can also select from a catalogue of ready-made services, deployment options and cost structures. This makes it easier to determine whether to host business functions and projects on-site versus in the cloud.

3. Increased Flexibility: A multi-cloud model lends itself to greater organisational flexibility. By combining a private cloud with the resources of a public cloud, organisations can scale projects in response to changing demand or an unexpected uptick in workload. By taking advantage of workflow automation, companies can offload their user base to cloud-based computers during peak usage times.

As the integration of storage, networking and computing capabilities increases, the delivery methods of cloud computing will also grow. This will enable an even greater level of scalability and flexibility in data centres.

Disaster Recovery in a Multi-Cloud Environment

The evolution of the data centre and shift toward a multi-cloud environment can dramatically improve disaster recovery (DR) efforts. Using a multi-cloud approach can lower maintenance costs for organisations because they will only need to pay for routine data replication and storage. Data centre infrastructure will be simpler and easier to manage as the burden of supporting and paying for facility cooling and upkeep shifts to data centre providers.

Cloud computing, data replication and virtualisation play major roles in disaster recovery, enabling organisations to do more with increasingly limited resources. With multi-cloud, smaller organisations have greater access to affordable private and public cloud environments for enterprise DR needs.

Datacom is hosting a DR event in Sydney with partners AAPT and Equinix on March 20th so organisations can ensure they have a recovery and business continuity plan that will protect their critical assets. Secure you seat today

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