Digital transformation through multi-cloud strategy
Digital transformation is underway right now, and the businesses that don’t want to be left behind have to invest heavily to remain competitive.
As the International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast states, the companies around the globe will invest $1.2 trillion in digital transformation technologies in 2017. This is a whopping 17.8% increase as compared to 2016, yet the trend does not show any sign of slowing down. Multi-cloud strategy is the key to successful digital transformation and today we will explain what it is and how to do things right.
Digital transformation is essentially using the technological innovations to improve the way the business operates and increase it’s reach range. One of the crucial parts of this transformation is moving the infrastructure to the cloud and ensuring its optimal performance by employing the multi-cloud strategy.
The era of using a dedicated carrier hotel to host the business’s infrastructure is long gone and the age of using a single cloud provider is also running to its end. There is no one-size-fits-all cloud service provider, as each business has a unique modus operandi and requires leveraging different cloud computing models to fit vastly varying operational requirements of multiple business units.
Multi-cloud is de-facto the new standard
Hybrid clouds and multi-cloud strategy come to our help. When the data, applications and API’s flow freely across on-prem and public clouds, leveraging secure single-tenant deployments for mission-critical components helps keep vital data secure. At the same time, using public clouds for maximum reach and coverage helps allocate the resources with maximum cost-efficiency. For example, viewing a demo of a product can be served by a public cloud, but processing the transaction for purchasing it should be handled by a secure private cloud service.
The core point with such approach is using cloud-agnostic configuration orchestration management platforms to ensure the ease of portability and full-stack deployment of new servers and environments across multiple clouds, as well as the simplicity of the ongoing management. Configuration management tools like Puppet, Ansible, Salt, Chef or Terraform are used for this purpose and we have recently explained what is Terraform and why it rocks in our opinion.
Deploying convenient custom tools like the Ansible, AWS CLI and Kubectl Docker container developed by IT Svit helps minimize the time and effort spent on various stages of software provisioning, including development, testing, deployment, and maintenance, thus easing the burden of infrastructure management and preparation to the cloud transition.
The most important part of undergoing a successful digital transformation is choosing a correct service provider – both in terms of selecting the right mix of AWS, Google Cloud, MS Azure and/or on-prem private cloud services, as well as a reliable partner able to accomplish the cloud migration and provide secure ongoing management and infrastructure improvement.
Should you have any other questions or inquiries regarding using multi-cloud strategy to ensure cost-efficient and secure digital transformation of your business — drop us a line, we are always glad to help!