Tolga Tarhan, Onica’s SVP, GM AWS Services, was featured in Forbes Tech Council’s multicloud environments article for his insights on multicloud adoption and the associated benefits and disadvantages that may arise. The article also discusses some basic factors to consider when deciding on a multicloud strategy, so that you can maximize success in achieving your business objectives.
Multicloud Is An Exercise In Strategic Thinking explores the viability of utilizing multicloud architectures for a variety of reasons, from the pitfalls of a price arbitrage approach to the benefits of seeking specific capabilities that may be superior with particular cloud providers.
Tolga Tarhan finds that adopting a multicloud strategy to pressure service providers into competing and discounting fees can yield very little advantage. “The reality is that the discount structures used by cloud providers are pretty well set, and few organizations have the influence needed to motivate providers to negotiate on their price points” says Tarhan. Furthermore, such a move could be accompanied by unforeseen additional expenditure towards a more complex application development. This may require you to use only those services that are common across your cloud vendors, limiting you to the “lowest common denominator”.
A better reason, states Tarhan, would be to seek specific features that are important to your application’s needs. These attributes may be superior on alternative platforms other than the cloud provider you currently utilize. It is, however, important to consider whether you may have the required resources and bandwidth to justify adding on a multicloud strategy, factoring in the additional complexities around corporate governance, security and other important organizational areas.
If you decide that a multicloud strategy makes sense for your business use case, Tarhan recommends taking a few factors into consideration. For one, identify a primary cloud provider for overall operations and identify workloads that would work better with features offered by a secondary cloud provider, ensuring that good ROI is realized. Tarhan also suggests ensuring that you have a team in place to handle the additional complexities and functions of managing multicloud environments.
Ultimately, multicloud is a strategic business decision that requires considerable scrutiny, but, if leveraged successfully, can have a substantial payoff in the end.
To read the full article, visit Forbes here.