“The introduction of potentially low-cost cloud services, coupled with ever-tighter controls on capital spending within IT organizations, and the ever-increasing demands by business units for new services have driven IT leaders to rethink both short-term and long-term strategies. The question is no longer, “Should we use cloud services to support the business?” but “How and when can we use cloud services to empower the business?”1
Underpinning today’s organizations are the applications and services that drive them. From mission-critical business apps to services that provide a competitive advantage or opportunity, these apps help grow and sustain today’s organizations.
The job of running these apps requires a flexible datacenter that will enable you to implement the most cost-effective service for each workload, while also supporting individual workload demands, such as performance optimization or disaster recovery. By focusing on applications, workloads, risk and the short- and long-term needs of the business, a flexible data center strategy can emerge.
One of the ways to do this is with a multi-cloud strategy. A datacenter strategy that incorporates multi clouds under the control of the IT department allows for greater efficiencies and cost savings, improves access to and performance of SaaS services, and prevents “cloud sprawl.”
In fact, Gartner predicts that a multicloud strategy will become the common strategy for 70% of enterprises by 2019, up from less than 10% today.1
Unlike hybrid cloud, where there’s a mix of private and public cloud services with orchestration between them, a multicloud strategy employs multiple cloud services from multiple cloud vendors for specific workloads. As Gartner says, “Workload location is dependent more on latency and workflow than on physical location.”1
To some extent, organizations have already adopted multiple clouds, though largely on an ad hoc basis, as individuals and business units procure specialized SaaS apps outside the control of the IT team. But this haphazard approach prevents organizations from truly realizing the benefits of the cloud.
Adopting a multicloud strategy offers a hedge against downtime. Spreading services—and data—across multiple vendors mitigates risk by providing fewer points of failure. Disaster recovery also becomes much simpler, and a multicloud strategy lessens the opportunity for vendor lock-in. IT teams can easily meet the needs of each business unit—even individual users—for specialized SaaS services without compromising performance or reliability.
Finally, a multicloud strategy creates a more robust and competitive marketplace for cloud services. Instead of relying on a single cloud service provider, organizations can choose the providers with the best price, performance, and availability and the lowest latency.
IO’s flexible, carrier neutral datacenter colocation offer a viable way to implement a multicloud strategy. You can move your enterprise infrastructure to a managed data center and enjoy convenient connectivity to multiple public cloud and SaaS services. According to Gartner:
“Using hosting, colocation or cloud service providers are all viable strategies, depending on what problem you’re trying to solve. Many colocation providers are also hosting cloud providers at their sites, which can open up unique options for data center managers looking to leverage newer services. Implementing a platform as a service (PaaS) might have been considered higher risk in the past, but if that PaaS provider also resides at your colocation provider’s site, then contracting for a cross-connect to that PaaS provider from your suite can save significant network costs while providing a simple vehicle to begin implementing more cloud-based services over time.”1
The IO datacenter acts as an on-ramp for cloud and SaaS services and other enterprises. With free cross connects and a single click, you can bypass the Internet and securely establish reliable, private direct connections with public cloud services—such as AWS, Google, and Microsoft Azure—as well as SaaS and other enterprise services.
Contact us or schedule a tour to see how IO colocation offers the flexibility needed to implement a true multi cloud strategy.
1“The Future of the Data Center in the Cloud Era,” Gartner ID G00276114, 9/22/2016.