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The pros and cons of multicloud computing

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What is multicloud?

Multicloud refers to the use of multiple public cloud computing services in a single architecture. For instance, an organization that uses a combination of AWS and Azure would be considered to have a multicloud infrastructure.

Why go multicloud?

Depending on an organization’s needs, multicloud offers some key benefits:

  • Flexibility: One cloud might have benefits that a competitor doesn’t, allowing an organization to use both, and therefore pick and choose desired features from both.
  • Avoiding vendor lock-in: Diversifying cloud infrastructure across multiple clouds can help mitigate the risk of relying on one single vendor.
  • Reliability: In the case of one cloud provider having an outage, another may provide a backup solution.
  • Latency: Certain cloud providers may have data centers located closer to an organization's target customers, thereby improving the latency and overall user experience of the organization's product.
  • Cost optimization: By testing out different areas of a product on multiple clouds, organizations can optimize cloud spending and performance, allowing them to choose a cloud provider that meets their performance requirements at the lowest possible cost.
  • Negotiating power: Distributing infrastructure across multiple clouds may give organizations a better opportunity to negotiate prices.
  • Compliance: Data governance requirements may require customer data to be stored in specified locations, which can be achieved more easily through a multicloud solution.

What’s not so great about multicloud?

  • Increased overhead: Each cloud provider may bring its own challenges and idiosyncrasies, and the combination of multiple clouds can prove to be difficult in both implementation and maintenance.
  • Security risks: Each cloud added to an organization's infrastructure may open up more opportunities for attack.
  • Training and employee management: A multicloud infrastructure may mean higher costs in employee training as well as in hiring talent for your cloud team.
  • Financial reporting: With each additional cloud vendor, financial reporting and estimation gets more complicated, and the transferring of data between clouds may incur additional costs.
  • Leaking costs: While multicloud solutions may lead to performance and cost optimization, multicloud means more resources, which means more potential for forgotten resources, which means more opportunity to waste money on unnecessary costs.

How can Ops Desk help organizations with multicloud infrastructures?

Brightspot Ops Desk provides companies and organizations with a unified view of their cloud infrastructure, allowing teams to quickly understand what’s going on across multiple clouds. Ops Desk aims to simplify cloud professionals' workflow processes — whether that's reducing context switching between multiple public cloud dashboards, remembering multiple login credentials, or even just the simple the administrative overhead of remembering where everything’s located (no more wondering, "which provider is that project on again?").

Additionally, Brightspot Ops Desk helps more than just cloud teams. With Ops Desk’s advanced metadata tagging and reporting tools, the wider organization can quickly understand key data points necessary to communicate with stakeholders and upper management.

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