FREMONT, CA – The successful adoption of a multi-cloud strategy depends on its seamless integration, networking, and systems management capabilities. A multi-cloud strategy is as efficient as the cloud platform hosting it. Incompatible storage platforms are likely to compromise the storage operations of the entire organization. Hence, it becomes essential for organizations to assess cloud storage platforms before adoption.
A cloud platform needs to be compatible with the existing mobility, storage, and security systems in the organization. The organizations have to ensure the availability of standards-based application program interfaces (APIs) to assess the services offered by the platform. The platform should allow seamless linking of multiple systems without regard to the location and technology. For this reason, the evaluation of APIs is vital in determining the capabilities of the cloud platforms.
The cloud platform should facilitate the integration of different systems to enable user connectivity, applications, services, and data stores. The network has to deal with the fluctuating workloads and data effectively. It should be compatible with industry-standard infrastructures to ensure secure network communication. Technologies such as network function virtualizations, software-defined networking, software-defined WAN, and network as a service can be leveraged to provide seamless multi-cloud connectivity management.
The management of data mobility and storage is a time-consuming task that requires adequate tools for implementation, maintenance, monitoring, and security. However, traditional management tools are inadequate for multi-cloud platforms. Also, the new tools are limited in their applications. Consequently, it becomes impertinent for organizations to assess their available management options before adopting a cloud platform.
A clear benefit of a multi-cloud platform is its seamless workflow management. It enables quick mobility and distribution of data and applications through the cloud network. Nonetheless, organizations need to evaluate multi-cloud platforms in terms of performance, flexibility, and reliability, especially when integrating it in a distributed environment. Also, it has to facilitate containerization, virtualization, serverless computing, and other infrastructure technologies required by the organization.
Finally, the cloud platforms should possess in-built security mechanisms to authenticate users, secure data, control access levels, and secure the network from cyber attacks. It should enable the monitoring of user behavior, data access, and quick response actions. Hence, it is necessary for organizations to assess the multi-cloud storage platforms in protecting user data carefully.