Is multicloud another buzzword or the future of IT?

The answer this time is served right at the beginning. Because IT as we know it will disappear. It will be replaced by multicloud as the next logical step in the digital transformation.

It’s not exactly a bolt from the blue. VMware multicloud has been “evangelizing” for several years now, developing solutions to help organizations seamlessly manage different environments. It is also a culmination of the “cloud first” approach. His mantra was very simply to convert everything to the cloud at any cost.

This approach, coupled with the economic situation in the world, has often resulted in cloud chaos. Digital transformation requires careful planning. Aggressive cloud first goes to the bench. “cloud smart” is popping up on the ice. At its core is the ability for organisations to set up an operating model that is sustainable, secure and cost-effective, across all clouds in use.

The key to this smart approach is essentially nothing more than careful diversification.

Let’s define multi-cloud. It’s not rocket science.

You yourself are quite possibly personal users of multicloud. You use Office 365, listen to podcasts about the latest tech news on Spotify and back up videos from your family vacation to iCloud. So you consume more public clouds. That’s multicloud in a nutshell. In practice, this can be a combination of hyperscalers such as AWS or Azure with a local provider (e.g. Geetoo Cloud ).

Is there a difference from hybrid-cloud?

The two terms are sometimes used interchangeably. But there is a crucial difference. Hybrid cloud always includes on-premises architecture, which is connected to the public. This connection is understood as a single entity. Multicloud, as already mentioned, is about a selection of different (not only public) services.

Let’s illustrate this with a simple analogy. A hybrid cloud is like a car with a hybrid drive: an internal combustion engine and an electric motor drive a single unit. In contrast, multicloud is about choosing the best resource for the situation. You drive your car to the supermarket because it can hold a larger load. However, when travelling to work, choose the metro because it’s cheaper and avoids rush hour.

Sometimes more really is more…

According to a recent survey by Dell, more than half of Czech companies fear that the pace of innovation is inevitably slipping away. Most of them are fully aware of the fundamental nature of trends such as edge computing and multicloud. There are many benefits to cleverly combining public clouds.

  • Flexibility and cost optimization:
    • Choose the clouds that best fit your workloads, both in performance and price.
  • Elimination of vendor lock-in:
    • The multi-cloud environment allows you to quickly develop and move between providers.
  • Innovative technologies:
    • Cloud providers are constantly improving their services, and thanks to multicloud you can quickly jump on the hot new developments.
  • Availability and redundancy:
    • Your services are more robust and have high availability (HA) thanks to multicloud.

Multicloud solutions bring with them specific challenges. According to experts, the biggest ones are more complex management and security of the entire environment. Internal teams must also be tamed. It can easily happen that if you don’t take the time, the costs in one of the clouds will jump disproportionately high.

Environment management, including clear cost optimization, is handled by VMware‘s Aria platform. The overall strategy is also based on the implementation of container orchestration using Kubernetes technology. This allows for an unprecedented level of flexibility and the ability to develop across clouds.

Aria is a revolutionary tool. With this tool, our clients can deploy and manage their applications much faster. Today, clients don’t use just one cloud anymore and it’s a real challenge for many of them to get to grips with them. That’s what we’re here for, to advise clients on the right path and the right workload layout.

Jakub Herink, Sales Director Geetoo

What about you? Are you ready to increase your competitiveness in the market and launch your own multi-cloud strategy?