Multi-cloud deployments have been touted as an ideal solution for many businesses. You can select providers that best meet individual needs while creating an environment that provides a mix of separation and integration.
However, multi-cloud deployments also come with challenges, particularly in the areas of migrating workloads and ensuring access to critical resources. This means each cloud needs to communicate effectively with the others. Otherwise, your deployment won’t be a success.
Usually, a multi-cloud environment is created as a means of fulfilling specific, unique purposes. For example, one may be dedicated to storage while another offers more robust security for particularly sensitive operations.
However, cross-cloud access is typically a necessity. This means you need to make sure that each cloud is compatible with the others, giving you the required level of interoperability.
Luckily, there are tactics that can help ensure your multi-cloud environment functions as desired. Here are three points to examine for a successful multi-cloud deployment.
Standardize When Possible
When you need to focus on interoperability, standardization is your ally. This means you’ll need to select formats that are compatible with one another, if they aren’t exactly the same.
For example, for cloud storage, you may want only to select options that are Amazon S3 compatible. On the virtual machine side, Open Virtualization Format might be your point of concentration.
By making standardization a priority, you improve interoperability, ensuring workloads can be migrated between different clouds whenever the need arises.
Consider a Single Multi-Cloud Management Tool
If you want to limit the number of interfaces you need to use while managing a multi-cloud environment, consider investing in a single multi-cloud management tool that has the ability to overlay its interface on top of those associated with each cloud. This simplifies your management processes and limits training requirements by ensuring that each interface appears the same even if the underlying mechanisms are different.
There are multiple vendors in this market space, the majority being big names in the industry. Some may operate better with certain clouds than others, so explore several options to see which one fits your multi-cloud environment.
Centralize Results Monitoring
Similarly, each cloud usually has an independent monitoring tool to keep an eye on activity in that specific environment. However, if you build a multi-cloud solution, adding a monitoring tool that can oversee the entire environment is a better approach.
This allows you to centralize your monitoring process, keeping everything visible from a single solution or interface. That way, if a problem is identified, your IT team doesn’t have to check each individual tool to try to pinpoint the source.
By using the tactics above, you can increase your odds of having a successful multi-cloud deployment, ensuring your internal operations run smoothly and everyone’s needs are met. Plus, from a monitoring and management perspective, many processes will act as if you are only dealing with a single cloud, reducing the amount of work required to keep things on track.