Distributed cloud deployment makes enterprises more resilient

November 11, 2014

The phrase "don't put all your eggs in one basket" can be applied to a wide array of situations in both life and business, and it is especially potent as the guiding tenet of a cloud strategy. CIOs and other relevant decision makers know the benefits of cloud computing and nearly every business, large or small, has made the switch to cloud-based solutions.

There is a whole host of criteria that managers use to evaluate a potential cloud provider. Increasingly, however, there is another set of criteria that decision makers are starting to use to evaluate the adoption of multiple clouds at once.

Resiliency – the multi-cloud promise
Going back to not putting your eggs in one basket, managers are especially aware of the dangers of relying on one provider for all of their cloud computing. As the sheer volume of data that is stored and accessed in the cloud increases each year at a near exponential level, uptime and reliability is becoming a major selling point. Security, too, is of the utmost importance in a climate where more and more businesses are moving their highly sensitive information into the cloud.

InformationWeek noted that it has become clear that enterprises cannot hope to fulfill these needs with just one cloud provider alone. CIOs should start to consider multi-cloud deployment to increase resiliency. Resiliency is an all-encompassing term that includes security, performance, customizability and other major decision points

For example, by having your data stored in multiple clouds, you increase uptime and reliability by ensuring that even if one provider experiences an interruption, you won't be stuck waiting around thanks to your backups. Another example would be in the area of performance – distributed cloud providers mean that load balancing is possible during peak demand times.

Multi-cloud deployment catching on
Cloud Computing News looked at research from Equinix and found that 77 percent of enterprises plan on adopting a multi-cloud strategy next year. It seems that multi-cloud deployment will be a powerful trend going forward, and interconnective capabilities will be central to it.

"What surprised us about this survey is how quickly multi-cloud strategies are becoming the norm worldwide," commented Ihab Tarazi, Equinix CTO. "Businesses have discovered that colocation provides a meaningful ROI for WAN optimization, and it is clear that multi cloud deployment will improve the ROI even more."

Interconnected data centers will be a big selling point – 87 percent of the survey's respondents said that the ability to connect different cloud services with one another will be essential for cloud strategies in the future.