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BIOS Multi-Cloud

Managed Services across the region’s leading cloud

Rudi Feitsma

BIOS Multi-Cloud Introduction

No two clouds are the same. Different clouds come with different benefits, pricing & payment options that suit different workloads and business outcomes. Now you can take advantage of the right cloud for the right situation with BIOS Multi-Cloud.

At the core of BIOS Multi-Cloud is a single pane of glass from which to; see, manage, and provision workloads across multiple clouds. In addition it is possible to customize catalogs for governance and see billing across multiple clouds (such as CloudHPT, AWS, Azure). BIOS Multi-Cloud also integrates into our Cross Cloud Managed Services, BIOS Assured, as well as into our Cross Cloud Managed Security Services, BIOS Secured. This allows for a fully managed and secure Multi-Cloud strategy.

Rudi Feitsma
General Manager, BIOS Middle East

Technology Insight for Multicloud Computing

  • Lydia Leong
  • 16 August 2018

Most organizations will use more than one public cloud provider. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders must select the multicloud strategy that best fits their business needs.

Key Findings

  • Most organizations will pursue a multicloud strategy, although most will also designate a primary cloud provider for a particular purpose, and are likely to have 80% or more of those types of workloads in their primary provider.
  • Because most organizations will have a multicloud strategy, they will also need to implement multicloud management to achieve some degree of common governance and tooling for those multiple cloud providers.
  • Most organizations will have at least one application that uses a multicloud architecture, typically through the use of a cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider in conjunction with multiple platform as a service (PaaS) components from different providers. However, very few organizations will migrate applications from one cloud provider to another. Such migrations will usually require significant manual effort, rather than being highly automated.

Recommendations

Enterprise architecture and technology innovation (EA&TI) leaders planning cloud strategy or architecting cloud-based applications should:

  • Choose a primary strategic provider for a particular function, such as IaaS, to maximize the ability to exploit a provider’s capabilities, concentrate employee skills and third-party partner relationships, simplify vendor management, and maximize discounts. However, adopt a multicloud strategy to maximize access to technology choices and innovative capabilities, and reduce vendor concentration risks.
  • Implement cloud-provider-native management to simplify integration, rapidly take advantage of new innovative capabilities and maximize value. However, pursue a multicloud management approach that also allows you to adopt common policies, procedures, processes and tools, when valuable.
  • Use a multicloud application architecture where necessary to exploit unique capabilities from multiple providers, such as vertical-specific APIs. Do not use a multicloud architecture to try to save money; it adds significant complexity and increases application life cycle costs.

Analysis

Most organizations have already adopted multiple cloud computing providers for different applications and use cases. Increasingly, though, organizations are adopting multiple public cloud providers that directly compete for the same types of use cases. A multicloud strategy can help a customer gain access to a broader range of capabilities, especially bleeding-edge innovative capabilities. However, a multicloud strategy also creates multicloud management and governance challenges. Most applications won’t migrate between cloud providers, due to portability challenges, but most applications don’t require such portability. However, an increasing number of applications will have a multicloud architecture – compositing together services from multiple public cloud providers – creating integration and operations challenges.

Definition

Multicloud computing refers to the use of cloud services from multiple public cloud providers for the same purpose. It is a special case of hybrid cloud computing, which is a broader term.

Hybrid cloud computing is defined as the policy-based and coordinated service provisioning, use, and management across a mixture of internal and external cloud services.

Description

On a practical level, EA&TI leaders typically think of multicloud computing as the use of one or more cloud providers for broadly similar purposes. For instance, an organization might adopt multiple cloud infrastructure as a service providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Multicloud computing commonly includes both IaaS and PaaS providers. It is rare for multicloud computing to include SaaS providers. Most customers adopt multiple SaaS providers for distinct purposes and almost never use multiple SaaS providers for the same thing. The exceptions are typically more-infrastructure-like use cases – for instance, the use of both OneDrive and Box for enterprise file sync and sharing solutions. Read more

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How do Companies Get Started with Multi-Cloud?

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