Avoid Cloud Sprawl: Bring Transparency to Your Multi-Cloud Strategy
The very function of the cloud may make a multi-cloud strategy seem unnecessary at best. But there are several good reasons an organization may choose not to use a single cloud provider. First, if an organization has sensitive data that requires compliance with different standards, they may not be able to find a single provider that can ensure compliance for all of their data.
A multi-cloud strategy also reduces the risk of vendor lock-in and allows a company to create a software stack that is independent of the underlying infrastructure. For true redundancy, companies are looking to multiple clouds to avoid severe data loss should one of their cloud providers go down.
Finally, companies may find that different cloud providers offer similar services with very different pricing options, so enlisting a new provider to increase storage or add the functionality of new apps may be more cost-effective than simply upscaling the existing plan they have with a current provider. This lets specific workloads be run where it will be most efficient.
Challenges of a Multi-Cloud Strategy
Keeping track of activities through multiple clouds can become complicated. For instance, each provider has a log-in portal with a proprietary user interface and may also have unique requirements for password complexity. Without a central access portal or single sign-on interface, even the simple act of accessing different cloud solutions can be an unnecessary hassle. Because of this, organizations are struggling with cloud sprawl.
Cloud sprawl is the uncontrolled proliferation of an organization’s cloud instances, services or providers.
Cloud sprawl typically occurs when an organization lacks visibility or control over its cloud computing resources. Without holistic transparency into all cloud resources, organizations are seeing much larger spends than necessary due to over-provisioning or stagnant, unused resources.
Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Management Platform
CloudHelm’s multi-cloud management platform offers the benefits of using more than one cloud platform while mitigating the issues that can arise as a result of the increased complexity. In addition to allowing users to manage multiple cloud platforms from a single interface, it can provide information on how much is being spent on each provider, where resources are being wasted, and proactively recommend ways to help improve efficiency.
CloudHelm can also provide analytics on workloads including predictive analytics, and it allows comparisons of pricing with different models to ensure the user’s spending is as efficient as possible. Any organization with this tool at their disposal can get the best of AWS, Azure, and Google cloud services for any processes, workflows, or data storage they need without the headaches.
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