Multi-cloud computing is a trend within itself. Here’s why: A majority of enterprises opt to incorporate a multi-cloud strategy into its networking. According to RightCloud’s 2018 State of the Cloud Survey, a whopping “81 percent of enterprises (companies with more than 1,000 employees) employ a multi-cloud strategy” and “organizations leverage almost five clouds on average.”
Before diving into a complete list of multi-cloud trends, let’s first dissect the multi-cloud. The multi-cloud is when an enterprise uses more than one cloud service, usually a matrix of public and private clouds, to dedicate each cloud service to a particular business application. This allows the enterprise to customize its cloud needs as well as providing it with a secure backup as its data is stored across multiple clouds. Multi-cloud adoption among enterprises is on the rise. Here’s a review of the current multi-cloud trends.
What are the Multi-Cloud Trends?
- A multi-cloud approach is a cloud-first model with all the clouds connected to each other, not merely siloed.
- The multi-cloud management market is anticipated to be $4,492.7 million by 2022.
- Forrester found that “the most common approach [to multi-cloud] is the use of multiple public and private clouds for different application workloads.”
- Multi-cloud possesses unique challenges. One particular challenge is migrating existing clouds to a multi-cloud ecosystem. Migration sometimes is done in an ad-hoc fashion instead of being mapped out for enterprise success. This leads to a complex toolset that’s difficult to manage and may lead to governance and compliance issues.
- Security is a major concern for all cloud computing, including the multi-cloud. Using multiple clouds means staying updated on the different security measures and enforcements in place for each cloud and then locating any gaps in security coverage.
- Evolving technologies, such as IoT and machine learning (ML), drive multi-cloud usage. Cloud providers offer specialized clouds for these emerging technologies, such as Google Cloud Platform for AI, IBM for AI and machine learning, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Serverless Computing.
- The main benefits that propel enterprises to adopt the multi-cloud are the popularity of microservices, the governance and policy management, agility and automation, the flexibility, and the fact that it avoids vendor lock-in.