Even the most reliable cloud infrastructure isn’t a best fit for every single business organization out there. Progressive businesses with a strong focus on leveraging IT as a business enabler understand this fact and prefer not to keep all of their eggs in the same basket. Service outages are common. A minute of data center downtime can cost an average of $7,900 according to one research report. Organizations operating on limited resources and budget cannot afford financial losses resulting from IT service outages. And even if the cloud service remains available and reliable 24/7/365, chances are that employees, especially in the IT and engineering division would demand a cloud infrastructure from multiple vendors to support their desired set of IT solutions. Vendor lock-in forces organizations to deploy multiple cloud infrastructure solutions simultaneously. IT wants application distributed across multiple providers to eliminate total and complete downtime, maximum performance and optimized cost. At the same time, they can’t allow shadow IT – if devs don’t get the solutions they want, they will find ways to get it without core IT approvals and due processes. They will bypass organizational policies and ignore risks associated with shadow IT in favor of using solutions that help create products that the business demands. Similarly, organizations that tend to expand and acquire other companies end up facing the need to support multiple technology stacks. And then there is the need to monitor, backup, manage, secure, segregate, operate and maintain systems using different solutions to address each requirement.
A single cloud vendor doesn’t deliver, and a multiple cloud strategy is way too complex for internal IT to execute, let alone sustain.
But this strategy makes a lot of sense for business with truly critical applications or significant spend on cloud infrastructure. While stability has improved dramatically since the early days of AWS, hyperscale environments continue to have localized outages on a continual basis: they quite simply are not high availability platforms and their sheer complexity means that downtime is almost inevitable.
Every IaaS provider has taken a different approach to supporting IT operations, and for the most part they fall short of empowering. For example: AWS’s own monitoring solution (CloudWatch) won’t store data for more than a couple of weeks, doesn’t even cover most of their services, and there is no one at the provider responding to alarms or waking you up if action on your end is required overnight.
If you imagine trying to cobble together disparate and frankly weak monitoring, backup, security, and DR solutions across multiple platforms you’ll quickly realize that your multi-cloud strategy is likely unobtainable without sacrificing what truly matters: continued application availability.
At HOSTING we believe that you shouldn’t have to choose between the platforms that are best suited for your applications and the services you need to operate them successfully. Our Unified Cloud approach ensures that you can run across all of the leading public and private cloud platforms while actually simplifying your life.
HOSTING’s entire catalogue of management, security, monitoring, and disaster recovery services is available on all of our supported platforms, supported by the same team, integrated through a low-latency hybrid network, and visible to you through a single pane of glass. We even give it to you all on a single bill.
HOSTING’s Unified Cloud frees you from your real IT burden, regardless of which platforms you choose to operate on. To learn more, download Leveraging the Unified Cloud for Business Transformation white paper.