By Tony Howlett

2018-01-23

Hybrid

Architecting your hosting implementation used to be a conversation about tradeoffs. You had to be clear on your top priority — whether it be budget, security, performance, or something more long-tail — because you would almost certainly have to make tough choices and sacrifices in the process.

Luckily, our industry has come a long way since then. With the introduction of hybrid multi-cloud interoperability, your choices may have become vastly more complex, but they’re also much less painful. (And even the complexity doesn’t have to be an issue if you work with a team of experts like ours.)

We’ve talked about the optimization benefits of having an interoperable hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure. But there’s another resounding reason this is becoming a favored approach: it spreads your risk and vulnerability across multiple vendors and locations.

Hybrid Multi-Cloud Means Diversification

Your IT is an investment, and as with any investment, diversification is the wisest approach. Spreading your operations across multiple vendors spreads your risk of downtime and other unpleasant surprises in the event of the following:

Cyberattack or Disaster

How many companies have been affected by a DDoS attack on their hosting company in recent years? It’s a helpless feeling to be unable to serve customers with no power over how or when the problem gets fixed.

Working with multiple vendors gives you an easy route to disaster recovery and backup and makes it easier to ramp up services with more reliable vendors, and part ways with ones who prove to be a less secure option.

Vendor-Related Challenges

If you’ve ever been reliant on a vendor who required long-term commitments, employed hard-to-understand data transfer pricing, or used proprietary technology, you understand how dangerous vendor lock-in can be.

Leveraging a hybrid multi-cloud approach with multiple providers mitigates these effects.

Being fully reliant on a single vendor can also make it difficult to resolve business disagreements. Having other options in place will give you a broader perspective and a firmer leg to stand on in negotiations.

Simple, Yet Painful Outages

While rare, outages of major public cloud providers do happen from time to time. And when they do, it often means a blanket loss of service across a wide swath of datacenter regions. Even a single hour of downtime can have a significant impact on organizations with affected IT infrastructure.

Risk management and redundancy plans that include operating on multiple cloud providers can mitigate the effect of an outage on your business.

Hybrid Multi-Cloud Is a Win

The best hosting providers will all provide repeating-9 levels of uptime and the SLAs to match. But using a hosting provider who can manage a hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure leveraging environments across multiple vendors is the safest way to ensure you stay up and running, no matter what.

If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of a hybrid multi-cloud strategy, contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss the process for adopting this approach and what it means for your company.


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