Going multi-cloud can bring a number of benefits. Chief among them is flexibility in running your workloads.
By no longer being tied to a single cloud service provider, you are able to better determine which workloads work best on-premises or on a particular cloud environment.
This flexibility translates into another benefit of a multi-cloud approach, which is reduced operation costs from workloads being moved to the cloud.
Challenges to going multi-cloud
The primary challenge of moving to a multi-cloud solution is skillset. You need to have an operations team that understands all cloud providers and can manage workloads across them.
Then there’s the governance and security strategy, which need to have encompassing standards that apply across all the environments in order to monitor costs and access.
Developing a multi-cloud strategy
Every enterprise has different needs and different in-house capabilities, but from a high level, there tend to be five steps in developing a multi-cloud strategy.
- Become cloud proficient: If your enterprise has little or no experience, then jumping into multi-cloud can be a nightmare. Pick one of the major providers and run a pilot with a workload. Figure out what will align best with your business needs.
- Determine which of your workloads will benefit from being in the cloud rather than on-premises. Map out your technical architecture, examine your workloads, then filter what you’ve learned through the ideas of increased flexibility and lower operations costs.
- Make a full migration and, once you’re in the multi-cloud, iterate and optimize to unlock the flexibility and cost-savings you’re looking for.
How Google Anthos can help
A hybrid cloud platform, Google Anthos acts as an umbrella for a suite of services focused on application modernization, cloud migration, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud management.
That’s really just a long way to say it helps address all the above challenges.
The driving force behind Anthos is the management of a Kubernetes development environment. Anthos is a common way to keep track of and manage Kubernetes workloads across multiple clouds and your on-premises environment.
Anthos makes it possible to manage and govern various clusters in various clouds from one control center on Google Cloud. Your code base is in one place, allowing your developers to release code and updates at once to a number of environments, whether it’s on-premises or multiple clouds.
On the skillset front, this greatly simplifies matters, since you only need the talent on-hand to manage one portal. Likewise, you end up saving money on overhead since you don’t have a need for specific teams for specific development environments.
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