There is no doubt that the cloud is becoming the technology infrastructure of the future. Market research firm Gartner projects that by 2020, cloud computing will be a $383 billion market (that’s damn big). The highest growth will come from cloud-based, software defined infrastructure (Infrastructure-as-a-Service – IaaS), which is projected to grow 36.8 percent in 2017 to $34.6 billion, according to Gartner.
However, enterprises need to be smart about how they approach migration to the cloud. They need to decide which applications and data should be moved to the cloud and what should remain on-premise or in private cloud deployments. They also need to decide if they want to move everything to one cloud vendor or to multiple cloud vendors. A lot of enterprises initially take the easy path and commit to Amazon Web Services (AWS). However, relying on only one cloud vendor can leave them vulnerable.
The recent Amazon S3 outage wreaked havoc across the Internet and for many it brought to mind the old adage of not putting all of your eggs into one cloud vendor’s basket. AWS has always been the 800-pound gorilla of the cloud vendors and is still the leader of the pack with 40 percent market share (that’s almost double the combined market share of Google, MS Azure and IBM Softlayer…the next three market leaders). Therefore, any slight error or outage can have a huge impact.
Many enterprises are discovering a multi-cloud strategy is a safer bet and there is a lot of excitement for what Google Cloud Platform (GCP) can bring to the table. Google has evolved from its dominance in search engine/online advertising into a cloud computing powerhouse. It is quickly becoming a formidable competitor to Microsoft and AWS as it continues to expand globally. The company recently widened its global cloud footprint with the addition of three new data centers in California, Montreal and the Netherlands.
In addition, at the Forbes CIO Summit in April, Diane Green, senior vice president of Google, said she believes the Google Cloud Platform could surpass AWS by 2022. This appears to be a real possibility as Google’s most recent earnings report stated that its cloud growth is outpacing the company’s ad business.
Dan Bieler, principal analyst at Forrester Research outlined some of Google Cloud’s strengths in this ZDNet article. He believes that Google has a good chance to take on Microsoft and AWS with its global expansions and technology innovation in machine learning and artificial intelligence which are integrated into its cloud platform.
As enterprises increasingly deploy new applications in the cloud, a multi-cloud approach offers more flexibility and security. It is wise to take a closer look at the various features and benefits that AWS, Microsoft, Google and other cloud vendors offer and then distribute your applications across the clouds that are the best fit.
It is also critically important to find ways to manage the risks of “cloud” effectively across different cloud deployments. Enterprise need new tools and practices to control costs , enforce compliance to meet industry and operational best practices, and maintain visibility across those clouds. DivvyCloud’s multi-cloud automation solution can do all of this and more. It continuously scans public and private cloud infrastructure, identifies non-compliant resources and automates remediation to increasingly common cloud problems related to security, cost and compliance.
Integrating cloud automation as part of this multi-cloud strategy gives IT managers peace of mind that their infrastructure is secure and an outage or natural disaster won’t bring their entire network down in one fell swoop.