May 07, 2019
May 07, 2019
Contributor: Laurence Goasduff
Most organizations choose to work with multiple cloud providers, for a host of different reasons.
For an enterprise using cloud services across multiple geographies, finding just one public cloud infrastructure provider to meet its needs is a struggle. In organizations like this, the decision to use a multicloud strategy is clear.
In fact, most enterprise adopters of public cloud services use multiple providers. This is known as multicloud computing, a subset of the broader term hybrid cloud computing. In a recent Gartner survey of public cloud users, 81% of respondents said they are working with two or more providers. The dominance of megavendors in the public cloud services market is behind the main reason that enterprise buyers choose multiple cloud providers, says Michael Warrilow, VP Analyst, Gartner.
“Most organizations adopt a multicloud strategy out of a desire to avoid vendor lock-in or to take advantage of best-of-breed solutions,” he says. “We expect that most large organizations will continue to willfully pursue this approach.” Gartner predicts that the 10 biggest public cloud providers will command, at a minimum, half of the total public cloud market until at least 2023.
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Multicloud computing decisions usually rest on three considerations:
Benefits of multicloud cited by customers include better disaster recovery and easier migration for some data and applications.
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The most common exceptions to the multicloud trend are organizations that focus their investment in a single vendor’s technology stack. A few find it hard to justify the effort and cost of working with several cloud providers. It’s wise not to jump straight from on-premises to multivendor cloud deployments, says Warrilow. “There are many nuances between platforms, and trying to build services in more than one simultaneously is challenging,” he says. “Starting slowly also allows time for in-house staff to develop their skills and learn how to manage the cloud.”
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Recommended resources for Gartner clients*:
Multicloud: Why It Matters by Michael Warrilow.
*Note that some documents may not be available to all Gartner clients.