May 28, 2020
Here at CrowdStorage, we employ a cutting edge mutlicloud storage strategy through our distributed data storage solution, Polycloud.
What is a Multicloud Strategy?
Multicloud is the use of multiple cloud computing or storage technologies (such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Services, and Microsoft Azure) simultaneously to better meet your cloud service needs. This approach can help reduce dependence on any single cloud provider and help deliver the benefits of each platform to the user.
Exactly how multicloud is implemented is often as unique as the businesses that use it. You may be considering multicloud as a way to optimize your cloud computing — or you might want to improve the privacy and reliability of your data storage. Both cases can benefit from multicloud but will differ in implementation, complexity, and outcomes.
Here at CrowdStorage, we’re focused on cutting-edge storage solutions. This article will give an overview of multicloud in general but will make a note where the strategy may differ by use case.
What is the difference between a hybrid cloud and multicloud?
Multicloud is often confused with hybrid cloud. They are similar concepts, but they both have unique and distinct definitions.
A hybrid cloud refers to the combination of a private and public cloud. A private cloud is a computing or storage service hosted on the internet or a private internal network available to approved users. A public cloud is a computing or storage service hosted by a third party like Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure. Using a combination of these two cloud types (private and public) would be a hybrid cloud.
Multicloud consists of using multiple public clouds for computing or storage services. If a company is using a combination of Amazon Web Services and the Google Cloud Platform, it would be using a multicloud approach.
Using multiple public cloud services and a private cloud together constitutes a multi/hybrid cloud approach.
What are the key multicloud benefits?
There’s a variety of benefits available to using this approach. Here are some of the benefits that are common to multicloud architectures.
Using multiple cloud providers allows users to take advantage of the best that each platform has to offer. Cloud provider feature sets, with their pros and cons, are unique. With this approach, you can meet the needs of your particular situation. This benefit is most noticeable in computing use cases.
With your data distributed among multiple regions and cloud providers, it’s safer than ever before. In the event of a significant provider outage, your data can be accessed, and downtime can be minimized.
Your data is distributed among multiple public clouds. Usually, no single provider holds all your data. Polycloud by CrowdStorage offers additional privacy protections where your data is encrypted, fragmented, and distributed among public clouds.
Multicloud architectures can help companies meet their risk management, compliance, and governance regulations. Maybe you need your data stored in or excluded from a specific region. With a multicloud, meeting those requirements is easier.
Most providers only commit to 99.9% uptime—which equates to roughly 40 minutes of downtime a month. By storing data redundantly across multiple providers, a multicloud method can deliver much better uptime.
Multicloud is a powerful cloud strategy. But can introduce new challenges, especially if you’re using the architecture for computing purposes. Your use case and its accompanying problems must be considered.
A multicloud computing deployment, by definition, increases the complexity of a cloud computing system. The increase in system complexity will require additional management efforts both in terms of system deployment and administration.
An in-house multicloud deployment can sometimes lead to increased costs. The approach uses two or more cloud service providers instead of one, so the benefits must be considered and weighed with the increased costs.
Having multiple services interact and rely on another can increase latency. Balancing loads among different clouds can be difficult, especially when, geographically, they’re far apart.
Polycloud – Multicloud by CrowdStorage
As you can see, multicloud can be a powerful option that businesses should consider when evaluating their computing and storage needs. Polycloud by CrowdStorage, with its multicloud strategy, offers multi-region support, enhanced privacy, higher availability, and improved durability, at a significantly lower cost than a traditional cloud provider.
Polycloud uses multicloud alongside a unique distributed storage methodology to provide an affordable, premium storage solution. Our distributed technology stores fractions of your files to multiple cloud providers resulting in more security, privacy, availability, built-in data redundancy, and geographic distribution.
With CrowdStorage, your data is safe. You get increased protection from events that disrupt traditional data centers and more robust storage for critical information without the weaknesses inherent to a conventional cloud-based system.
Through Polycloud, the downsides that often accompany multicloud are addressed. Polycloud storage uses one architecture (addressing complexity), delivers higher levels of privacy and availability (addressing performance) all for a fraction of the cost of large name brands.
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