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Multicloud computing delivers on the promise of seamless integration, improved insight, and more agile operations and decision-making… but these benefits come with a catch: you must have a solid multicloud management plan in place to achieve them.
Ask yourself the following 5 questions to craft the right multicloud management plan for your needs.
Before you consider a multicloud deployment, your first step should be to determine how much data you have – and how much of that data needs to be or can be housed in each cloud you’re considering. Azure meets better compliance requirements than the other major clouds, Oracle may have a data center precisely where you need it so you can maintain data sovereignty. The other major cloud and multicloud platforms introduce their own unique strengths.
The amount of data you have, or expect to have, in each platform or environment is referred to as your “data gravity.” The “heavier” your data gravity is, the harder it will be to move across clouds because data gravity impacts both latency and performance.
Your overall data flow is determined by your data volume, as well as where that data is traveling. When data leaves one cloud for another, that’s known as “data egress” and it usually results in “data egress fees.”
Depending on your specific multicloud setup, you may face higher or lower data egress fees – and you may be able to optimize your costs and overall cloud spend through strategic multicloud management tactics and multicloud cost management tools.
Even in a seamless multicloud setup, each cloud is different, with unique provisioning models, performance, and governance capabilities. When moving data from one cloud to another, all of these differences can have an impact on your throughput.
Once you know your data volume and direction, you can assess your throughput based on your current or expected architecture. This will help you assess if your setup makes sense, or if you should update your architecture to optimize your throughput and achieve faster data transfer rates.
It’s important to carefully calculate your latency times and determine if your expected results are acceptable for each of your use cases. Remember, most data will be accessed by different applications and a single operation or database could draw on multiple datasets from multiple clouds.
If you suffer from high latency for multiple data packets that form the backbone of a single analytics engine (for example) you may experience delayed results. This can impact your decision making, your workflows, your AI-triggered events, and more.
Get a handle on that most surprising of multicloud costs: data egress. In most cloud environments, this is a built-in cost, but it may not be part of your built-in budget expectations.
When you know how much data you have, where it needs to go, and what that means for your data egress, you will be better prepared to at least estimate these costs.
After documenting your findings from these 5 questions, you’ll have a clear idea of how your hybrid multicloud or multicloud environment well perform and how much it will cost. Using this information, you’ll be able to determine:
Achieving multicloud goals will probably require leveraging AI-driven cloud management platforms and working with an experienced cloud services provider (CSP) to effectively tune your experience to consistently meet your expectations.
In answering these questions, it’s not an uncommon experience to realize that your enterprise will need creative solutions for reducing latency, improving performance, lowering costs, and optimizing data flows. One emerging potential solution lies in distributed cloud, but there are many others. Multicloud management vendors can help you determine your best path.
An experienced multicloud expert who has spent years migrating and supporting Oracle workloads on all the major cloud platforms can help you establish your options clearly, so you can be confident about your next steps.
Looking for a multicloud expert? Look no further than Centroid, the award-winning Oracle partner and sought-after multicloud consultancy.
Since the early days of the cloud, we at Centroid have let our curiosity guide us into becoming cloud pioneers. As a result, we’re proud to state that we’re the team behind the largest Oracle IaaS/PaaS implementation in history and we were one of the first Oracle Cloud MSPs on the planet.
Every day, our goal is to ensure that our enterprise customers gain incredible value from their multicloud deployments. Our continued success with that goal is entirely due to our world-class enterprise multicloud management services.
Centroid is a cloud services and technology company that provides Oracle enterprise workload consulting and managed services across Oracle, Azure, Amazon, Google, and private cloud. From applications to technology to infrastructure, Centroid’s depth of Oracle expertise and breadth of cloud capabilities helps clients modernize, transform, and grow their business to the next level.