Organizations often look for the most cost-effective and efficient technology solutions. However, when it comes to cloud computing, a multi-cloud approach can be risky if not properly managed.
A multi-cloud strategy can be complex to manage. Each cloud provider has its own set of features, tools, and services, and organizations need to ensure they are compatible and able to work together. This can be time-consuming and expensive, especially for teams new to cloud computing.
Security risks also need to be considered, as each cloud provider has its own security protocols and measures. And the costs associated with integrating multiple providers, as well as the extra management and planning overhead, typically outweigh any savings realized between different vendors.
Organizations should also be aware that they may need to hire more people to execute on a multi-cloud strategy. For every Azure Cloud Engineer, you may need to also hire an AWS engineer, or a GCP engineer.
Before considering a multi-cloud strategy, organizations should deeply inspect their business reasons for doing so. The primary goal of technology is to make employees more efficient, or make the product stand out from the crowd. Does the customer care if you are hosting an app out of Azure or AWS? Does it bring additional efficiencies to be able to release value faster, or does it make value delivery more complex?
Most cloud providers release a similar set of features, within a couple of months of each other. With 95% feature parity, you may not be missing out on much by aligning with a single provider. The exception to this is organizations building SaaS products in a B2B model. If you need to integrate with your customers' existing tech stack, you may want to build your solution in multiple clouds.
On the flip side, the best vendors understand this, and will meet you in your cloud versus you having to enable a new provider to access their services.
In conclusion, avoid multi-cloud strategies, especially when starting out with your public cloud journey.
At Principle Choice Tech Solutions, we understand the importance of cloud computing and can help organizations find the best solutions for their needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you make the most of your cloud computing strategy.
This article was Part 9 of our “9 things C-Suite executives need to know about Public Cloud” series.
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