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A multi-cloud strategy for your organization ?
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More organizations are expanding their existing 'hybrid cloud' setup to 'multi-clouds'. A multi-cloud strategy allows an organization to meet specific business requirements by leveraging services from several CSP (cloud service providers).

How popular is such business (multi-cloud) strategy? Does the advantages over practical challenges justify this strategy? Did you find certain CSPs are complementary to each other under multi-cloud setup?
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My opinion on multi cloud strategy for an organisation is see through the marketing and branding of cloud services providers and find out what data centres are hosting these cloud services. If cloud services providers are just rebadging Amazon or Microsoft Clouds services and these affected by a data breach then it doesn't matter how leveraged your multi-cloud strategy is.
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In my opinion, there are constraints which outweighs the pros for a multi cloud strategy.

I was part of a team where we went from Monolithic to Microservices to Hybrid cloud architecture. End result — we added complexity along the way.

Top three CSPs are already providing top notch suite of services individually to keep the customers intact. From an organizational standpoint and architectural standpoint, It’s better to stick with hybrid cloud with any one CSP and enhance the internal architecture of the product rather than opting for the multi cloud setups.

If the product or service is going to be built out from scratch then I would opt for a multi cloud strategy for competitive advantage. Not for an existing product.

I am interested for my peers input on this topic!
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Daire and Ganesh - Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Even though cloud services has grown tremendously in recent years, the introduction of new/modified offerings has not slowed down. In fact, more changes are on its way.

The CSPs are offering such services (like multi-cloud and variations) to address niche demand. The bare metal instance is good example of specialized use cases, which was criticized by many at launch. The 'VMware Cloud on AWS' shows how collaboration of 2 CSPs add value to the clients in a specific market segment.

I would love to read different PM point-of-views about various strategies/challenges to deploy program-level resources on multi-cloud.
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1 reply by Daire Guiney
Jul 08, 2019 5:30 PM
Daire Guiney
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These new offering are release to meet customers demands and increased competition from new entries into the market. What has expanded greatly in recent years is the level of customisation allowed of their products by these clouds service providers. Also this level of complexity comes with a slide scale of cost so their is a low barrier for entry for any organisation large or small to make the most of offering from Cloud Service Providers.
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One aspect of multi-cloud deployment is that the applications need to be platform-agnostic by relying on open-source / ubiquitous services available for deployment with the selected vendors (CSP). It may result in missing out many good proprietary services offered by the CSP.

All organizations have specific business cases, which influences their product selections and specific implementation. I am curious to learn about your practical experience as well as factors influencing multi-cloud business strategy.
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Jun 16, 2019 11:18 AM
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Daire and Ganesh - Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Even though cloud services has grown tremendously in recent years, the introduction of new/modified offerings has not slowed down. In fact, more changes are on its way.

The CSPs are offering such services (like multi-cloud and variations) to address niche demand. The bare metal instance is good example of specialized use cases, which was criticized by many at launch. The 'VMware Cloud on AWS' shows how collaboration of 2 CSPs add value to the clients in a specific market segment.

I would love to read different PM point-of-views about various strategies/challenges to deploy program-level resources on multi-cloud.
These new offering are release to meet customers demands and increased competition from new entries into the market. What has expanded greatly in recent years is the level of customisation allowed of their products by these clouds service providers. Also this level of complexity comes with a slide scale of cost so their is a low barrier for entry for any organisation large or small to make the most of offering from Cloud Service Providers.
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Multi-cloud brings a new level of management. Remember GM when they had a mutli-contractor approach to their IT? They eventually went back to single-contractor before finally insourcing the function.

Do not underestimate the complexity of managing multiple, concurrent suppliers. And I don't even want to get into the technical difficulties. (Do you have to settle for the lowest common denominator?)

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