The emergence of the cloud lead CIOs and CDOs to believe they’ll soon be shifting entirely to the cloud, and why not?
Here we are, already three months into 2019, knowing really well that unless a company literally started out on the cloud, 100% cloud adoption is far more complex than a single sweep to the cloud. As a result, we have CIOs focusing on a long-term digital transformation strategy that involves a transition period. Then there’s the modern micro services approach where a single cloud service provider may not be enough. And that is where hybrid and multi-cloud environments comes into play.
What’s a Hybrid Cloud?
In a hybrid cloud environment, a company will have some resources and systems in on-premises data centers or private cloud while others on the public cloud. Hybrid cloud environment is great for delivering a harmonious user experience on the datacenter side as well as the cloud side. In addition to a smooth transition of legacy systems to the cloud and a uniform experience across multiple environments, LKMethod has witnessed customers enjoying several other benefits such as:
- High scalability
- Better availability
- A great user experience
- Better response time
- Cost reduction
- Regulatory compliance
As the name itself suggests, a multi-cloud strategy involves utilizing the storage and computing services of multiple public clouds. At LKMethod™, we’ve had customers who believe that a single cloud is enough; however, a well-thought out multi-cloud strategy can help companies leverage the individual strengths of different cloud infrastructure service providers. This way companies can benefit from:
- Best of breed technologies
- Better pricing
- Better app performance
- Protection against vendor lock-in
Other options in the event of unexpected price raise or change in the terms of service:
- Risk reduction
- Disaster recovery
What’s in it for the CIOs?
Enjoying best of breed technologies without having to worry about vendor lock-in has been one of the major concern of CIOs since decades. Additionally, the demand for choice and flexibility across legacy and cloud-based systems is also there. And that is exactly where a hybrid and multi-cloud environment can help. Depending on the nature of applications, CIOs can leverage the security of private cloud vendors or they can make the best out of the elasticity of one or more public clouds. Similarly, it gives the freedom to choose automation frameworks. When it comes to delivering a seamless user experience across multiple environments, hybrid and multi-cloud strategies go hand in hand.
Although the benefits associated with hybrid and multi-cloud environments are numerous, managing costs, security, complexity and manageability are some of the accompanying challenges that need to be tackled with a new skill set and a change in existing processes. However, the benefits are worth going through all the trouble.
Innovation and agility lie at the heart of digital transformation. As CIOs and CDOs across enterprises actively engage in their digital transformation journey, hybrid and multi-cloud environments will soon become a necessity.
LKMethod is committed to setting up companies to succeed in their digital transformation journey. We provide innovative solutions that integrate seamlessly in your existing environment without disrupting ongoing processes. Years of experience has enabled LKMethod to develop best practices and industry benchmarks that enable companies to easily adapt to the upcoming hybrid and multi-cloud era.