In Part I we discussed consideration of a multicloud strategy. Pricing and product transparency were the themes for part II. In part III we address the last in this series: Application Portability. To see all three in our Multicloud eBook, please visit here.
The enterprise’s application processing workloads must be compatible to portability between Cloud providers, including technology stacks that are common across all Cloud provider platforms, such as the use of application microservices and open stack services such as containers and Kubernetes. It is also important to consider how you'll integrate data and applications residing in different Clouds.
Containers are ready-to-run applications comprised of the entire stack of services required to run. OpenStack is an ideal platform for containers because it provides all the resources and services for containers to run in a distributed, massively scalable cloud infrastructure. OpenStack is a set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. OpenStack is managed by the OpenStack Foundation, a non-profit that oversees both development and community-building around the project.
The concept of containers itself is beneficial to hybrid and multicloud users. The trend in Cloud computing, public or private, is moving away from the traditional virtual machine method. VMs are slower and use more computing power, don’t scale as well and are difficult to move. Containers by contrast improve on VMs by running atop the OS kernel. This characteristic makes containers lightweight, portable, and faster on startup. This kind of flexibility is important for DevOps teams utilizing multiple clouds and key to any effort at Cloud Arbitrage.
It is not enough to have a container-based platform, however. Enterprises seeking Cloud portability must have a solution for moving data between container environments and managing it within those environments. Without a data management solution, enterprises will be challenged with being able to execute on multicloud workflows because data acts as a tether on mobility between Cloud environments.
A multicloud strategy should not be a distraction from a thorough and constant effort at Cloud Cost Optimization with all Cloud providers. This is the low hanging fruit of cost savings when taking some basic steps, and real material savings with a meticulous, expert approach to uncover the myriad ways to avoid overpaying for Cloud services.
In surveyed organizations, the number one priority in 2019 is cloud cost optimization, as the challenge of managing cloud spend grows as cloud use increases.
In short, at its most basic level, Cloud cost optimization is the process of reducing your overall cloud spend by identifying mismanaged resources, eliminating waste, reserving capacity for higher discounts, and right sizing computing services to scale.
Realizing the promises to efficiencies and cost savings using public Cloud and, in particular, multicloud requires significant organizational maturity and the use of partnerships, like NET(net) and others than can bring the outside expertise necessary to elevate any company’s cost savings capacity.
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