We are all digital now: from large corporations and innovative start-ups to mid-sized companies – without digitization, nothing will work here for a long time. The challenge for the entire digital alignment is therefore no longer the digitization itself, but the management of the new structures.
This applies to corporations as well as SMEs that are increasingly confronted with the following questions:
- How exactly should the corporate IT actually position itself?
- How is it possible to integrate applications and resources from very different providers into a uniform cloud landscape?
- How exactly does a company manage to actively and professionally combine aspects such as performance, costs, compatibility and compliance conformity?[/box]
This is exactly where consultants and solutions are needed to show companies what is possible. They are able to support IT in day-to-day business operations with the targeted and tailor-made use of the Multi Cloud, for example.
Step by step into the multi cloud
A development that we at evoila can only confirm in our daily customer contact: We see the complexity of IT requirements increasing significantly. As a result, companies of all sizes have to generate more and more workloads to cope with the growing infrastructure. This calls for a versatile managed multi cloud mix that can ideally combine and absorb the different requirements.
What is in demand here: Holistically aligned, flexible and actionable cloud solutions and at the same time a central multi cloud management. Just how much the need for the multi cloud has increased can also be seen from the fact that companies are planning additional resources for management deployment. The topic of security is also clearly focused on here. Companies are looking specifically for IT architects to support them in implementing their complex business processes. The Multi Cloud provides customers with an instrument that supports IT departments in management, does not stop ongoing operations and thus supports companies securely in the digitization process.
Multi Cloud – different services, unified platform
A major advantage of the Multi Cloud: It combines different cloud services with various deployment models, different characteristics such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) and forms them into a uniform platform. In addition, different cloud technologies such as VMware or Amazon AWS can be combined with each other. To show exactly how a Multi Cloud works, the example of the supply chains in the automotive industry is repeatedly used – and not without reason: Because vehicle manufacturers also often rely on several, different suppliers, some of whom even supply them with the same vehicle parts. These components are then assembled into the vehicle by the manufacturer. A multi cloud works in a similar way: It orchestrates different cloud providers and connects them into a single large cloud – no matter which provider has delivered which component. In short, a multi cloud is about the parallel use of cloud services and platforms from different providers (e.g. Amazon AWS, VMware or OpenStack), so that companies are no longer tied to a single provider but can use the services of several providers in parallel.
When using the Multi Cloud, we repeatedly point out the special advantages over potential users: We have summarized some of the advantages in the following:
[box] Important: Companies that want to switch to the Multi Cloud must always take the following aspects into account when planning and acting with foresight:
Management effort: A higher management effort is required to adequately manage all tasks. The higher the number of cloud providers, the more complex the IT environment and the higher the management effort.
Resource allocation: Right from the start, it should be as clear as possible which employee takes on which tasks and which resources are already available or which must be created additionally.
Efficiency in the company: The ongoing operation and production must not be disturbed by new infrastructures within IT. [/box]
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The trend for these problems is clearly towards individual solutions: Instead, they want external service providers who can react flexibly to current developments or acute problems in the IT sector and who are quickly available in the company as a kind of “IT fire brigade”. evoila individual Managed Multi Cloud concept meets this desire for diversification, because it enables the individual and flexible selection of the cloud provider and cloud service best suited for the respective application or service. This way every company can find out which hosting environment is best suited to the desired area of application and which provides the best performance. With additional 24/7 monitoring, evoila customers can rest assured that they are on the safe side even after implementation.
Independence: React as simply and quickly as possible
By switching to a multi cloud model, companies are independent of individual cloud providers. This new type of independence also means that they can react immediately to changes in cost structures and the performance of providers with the Multi Cloud.
Minimize probability of failure, maximize security
The use of a single cloud platform can – as already mentioned – sometimes lead to great dependency, since most of the data is stored in one location. By using a multi cloud strategy, you can quickly move to other cloud platforms if necessary. Less dependence on one provider also means less risk in terms of failure probability and availability. Because if you work with more than one cloud service, you can use the various providers as a kind of “safety net”. For example, if a provider should fail, you can usually continue working without problems. The advantage of a multi cloud in this case is that the failed services are usually offered in the same or at least in a similar way by another provider in your cloud environment. In addition, it is always a matter of storing very sensitive data, so a special security concept is required. In addition, the guidelines must comply with the various data protection concepts of the providers – another aspect that should be taken into account before switching to the multi cloud.
Service mix to reduce IT costs
Through a strategically oriented service mix of different providers, users are able to react quickly to possible changes in the cost structure. In this way, costs can be minimized in the long term and you do not have to switch to a new technology unexpectedly quickly. In this way, any company can use a multi cloud strategy to find the best solution at the best price. The service mix puts you in the comfortable situation of being able to choose the most suitable service for you by using the Multi Cloud. This has a decisive influence on the productivity and effectiveness of work processes.
And what about the future?
Solution-oriented cloud models, “Cloud as a Solution”, will continue to be in high demand in the near future. On the customer side, we clearly observe the desire for a fundamental, in-depth understanding of their individual problems. This is where we come in, because evoila offers its customers tailor-made solutions that are precisely tailored to their cloud portfolios. Small and medium-sized businesses in particular, but also large companies, will continue to and increasingly rely on flexible complete solutions with professional hosting.