The current health crisis has led countless companies to embrace digital tools – so much so that recently, Oracle CE Safra Catz told The Wall Street Journal that “The things that are going very well and are growing and are getting larger and larger is everything associated with the cloud.” The popularity of cloud computing means that more and more companies are seeking to be cloud-neutral consumers that are not reliant on one provider exclusively. Building a sound cloud-agnostic strategy enables companies to take a multi-cloud approach and to change providers easily and quickly if factors such as pricing or performance change. How can your company create such a strategy while continuing to seek quality and efficiency from current providers?

Companies Are Already Going Multi-Cloud

A recent State of the Cloud Report indicates that around 93% of enterprises are already embracing a multi-cloud strategy, and 87% have a hybrid cloud (i.e. private + public cloud) strategy. On average, companies use 2.2 public and 2.2 private providers for the task of cloud hosting. The report additionally states that enterprises have made a large increase in cloud spending. They have also relied more heavily on public cloud PaaS services, with AWS, Azure, and Google experiencing significant growth. 

Adapting To Change

Most enterprises surveyed also feel that the current global health crisis will pose an even greater need for cloud storage, since many continue to impose stay-at-home policies for workers and many non-essential businesses remain closed. For some companies, change has arisen from the simple need to meet a greater online demand. For others, difficulties in accessing data center facilities and hardware supply chain delays make cloud services more reliable and efficient.

Ensuring Your Company Does Not Waste Cloud Capacity

The State of the Cloud Report shows that one aspect of strategy many companies need to improve is calculating spend. Respondents in the report estimated that around 30% of cloud spend is wasted and that many companies underestimate the extent of this waste. Organizations therefore need to make estimating capacity the first step in building a sound cloud use strategy. Cloud platforms contain a platform that can be used to audit actual use. Companies should additionally monitor unused CPU time and storage usage so they can cut down on cloud services they no longer require. Finally, they should have their capacity automatically allocated and released as workloads change. 

Opting For Microservices Architecture Structures

Microservices architecture structures divide applications into smaller units, each of which has a specific business function that can interact seamlessly with other units. Breaking down services into microservices makes it easier to build a cloud-agnostic structure, and it has additional benefits – including ease of maintenance and testing, independent deployability, and loose coupling. Whether you rely purely on public or private cloud hosting (or a combination of both), microservices architecture can make it easier to assign different units to different cloud services.

Embracing Container Technologies

Container technologies like Kubernetes or Docker are an important tool in cloud agnostics. These containers comprise software units that pool source code, libraries and dependencies together. Entire applications can then be imported from one cloud host to another. You can boost deployability via hosted background job solutions that allow you to manage containers with precise analytics and dynamic scale. You can rely on these tools for a one-off project or use them for several days. Just a few background tasks you can containerize include push notifications, email delivery, and image and video processing. Hosted background solutions allow you to save your settings and move to the environment you wish to instantly.

The importance of cloud storage has increased dramatically in 2020, when millions of workers across the globe are working remotely and requiring better hosting solutions. In order to be an authentic cloud-neutral user, building a sound strategy is key. Steps to take include containerization, opting for microservices architecture structures, and waste reduction. Most enterprises are already going multi-cloud, with many relying on public and private services alike. Taking an automate-first approach can help you achieve optimal results with virtually no manual intervention. The combined results of your efforts should be the ability to change providers quickly and seamlessly, without losing vital work or sensitive client information.


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