Technology Agnostic Applications For A Multicloud World

by Aether Engine

Organisations are increasingly using multiple private and public clouds across multiple providers to deploy their applications. In this article, we will dig deeper on the benefits of a multicloud strategy, but first let’s clear up confusion over multicloud and hybrid cloud.

What’s the Difference Between Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud?

Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are some key distinctions: 

A multi-cloud solution uses public cloud services from more than one  provider. Your business might use multiple clouds for various reasons such as to minimise dependency on any one provider or to meet customer needs and preferences. For example, if you are on AWS but customers start asking for features that are only available through Azure, you would need to purchase the Azure’s app and host your application in their public cloud in order to integrate these features into your application. 

A hybrid cloud solution combines private and public clouds toward the same purpose, with orchestration tools used to deploy workloads and manage the balance between the two. For example, public cloud resources may be employed to handle spikes in compute or storage requirements.

The Benefits of a Multicloud Approach

Managing Vendor Lock-in

One of the most common reasons businesses use multiple cloud providers is to minimise dependency on a single provider. Depending on one service provider is risky and may even result in a conflict of interest. Plus, one provider may not meet your requirements – as a multicloud approach can draw on multiple compute resources to ensure lower latency and greater reliability. 

Lower Latency

By using clouds that are in close proximity to your customers, latency can be minimised and applications can respond faster because the data has less distance to travel. A business may want to use a combination of multiple cloud providers if a particular provider has datacenters closer to their customers.

Risk Mitigation

Outages are rare but they can happen and can cause enormous amounts of disruption. A multi-cloud approach mitigates this risk. If one vendor goes down, you can simply fall back on a replica of your application hosted on another cloud provider’s infrastructure.

Innovation

A multicloud strategy is advantageous when it comes to innovation. Developers can pick and choose the best services from each provider, allowing them to focus on innovation and work outside the constraints of a single provider. 

The Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Approach

Control / Speed

Since a portion of a hybrid cloud approach consists of private cloud, it is possible to stay in control of critical operations and day-to-day management of servers and infrastructure, rather than relying on a third-party cloud provider. This means when circumstances change, it is easy to make adjustments with minimal disruption, thus reducing time to market. 

Security 

A hybrid cloud approach lets you keep sensitive data on a dedicated infrastructure that you have more control over. This is far more secure compared to accessing infrastructure via the public internet which is vital for organisations in sectors such as defence. 

Scalability 

A hybrid cloud environment lets you scale specific workloads out to a cloud environment and reduce demands on your private infrastructure. Implementing automation rules provides the ability to scale resources up and down based on demand, increasing performance and efficiency and reducing cost.

Lower Latency 

Implementing a connection to a private cloud means you are no longer at the mercy of the performance of the public internet which can be erratic. 

We understand that many companies utilise a multicloud strategy, more than 84% in fact, whilst 72% use a hybrid cloud strategy. This is why a core philosophy of Hadean is to make our applications open and agnostic across multiple cloud providers and extensible on both private and public clouds. Whether you’re an organisation using computational simulations to identify new treatments for disease or hosting a virtual event with thousands of users, we want everyone to have the opportunity to innovate and reach their potential.