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The End of Cloud Provider Monogamy

[fa icon="calendar"] Mar 30, 2017 4:07:00 PM / by Sarah de Castro

Sarah de Castro

It’s best to share the love when it comes to Cloud-infrastructure providers...

 

“In the financial markets, investors protect themselves from volatility by diversifying. The same might hold true for companies and organizations that rely on the cloud.”

                                                                                                            -said  first in this article, by Tom Coughlin.

While they say variety is the spice of life, mixing it up in business is about mitigating risk.  Even if it’s easy to forget at times, the “Cloud” is very much housed in physical servers… and physical things, such as hardware, tend to break down and wear out. Especially when maintained by members of our imperfect human race.

Many of us had a sharp reminder of this fact, last month with the Amazon outage that hit their Web Services facility in Virginia, US. Trello, Quora and many others, even (yip, I just have to say it again) Isitdownrightnow.com went down, as a result of the outage. An event that underlines the need for resilience in data storage. A multi-cloud environment with more than one provider is just not just good, but necessary business practice, as this straight shooting article in UK tech review, The Register, lays it out:

“Putting your IT operational trust in one data centre in one public cloud supplier, however big that supplier is, has been shown to be risky. The message is simple: don’t be a cheapskate. Pay the extra cost of data centre duplication for your, and your customers' peace of mind.”

So while having multiple instances running in different data centers may cost you more -being exposed to outages that could put your business out of action will cost you more still, both in the short and long term. Lose your business’ end-customers and you won’t even need data or computing power. Coughlin’s Forbes article even advises:

“perhaps even better, [having multiple instances running] in another unrelated cloud (for instance in a Google cloud located on the US West Coast as well as an Amazon cloud located on the US East Coast).”

As we all become more and more dependent on data, it would be folly to run the risk of putting all our eggs in one basket, or as the case may be all our data in one Cloud. The Amazon outage proved business continuity needs to be planned for, to deal with the problems, that can and will arise, because the Cloud is as imperfect as those who maintain it.

Paul Zeiter, President of Zerto praises the: “business and IT leaders that are getting ahead of the curve by carefully crafting their hybrid cloud strategies – one that gives them multiple layers of infrastructure redundancy protection – to achieve IT resilience that keeps critical business operations seamlessly moving forward. This is possible using a combination of multiple cloud types for recovery including public and private clouds, and managed to ensure any disruption is quickly remediated in a manner that is imperceptible to customers,” in this article.

So share your Cloud-infrastructure-provider love around to reduce dependency on a single provider... just in case there’s a bump in the road.

Do you agree... or is there a reason you prefer to stick to a single provider? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below...

Topics: Security, AWS, agile, Cloud service providers, IaaS, Risk, Outage

Sarah de Castro

Written by Sarah de Castro

Cloud-enthusiast and storyteller, Sarah is a content strategist at OneKloud. Explorer of the technology landscape, she boils down technical and complex ideas for everyday digestion (and enjoyment). With an appreciation for sophisticated simplicity, linguistics and branding, she is a global local in Paris from New Zealand.