According to Gartner, by 2025 80 percent of all enterprises will have a multi-cloud and/or hybrid cloud deployment. The vast majority of enterprises are already using the cloud today. They just need to use one more application on a different cloud provider to be multi-cloud. But that alone does not a cloud strategy make.
This is where CIOs are spending a lot of their time today—on figuring out how best to take strategic advantage of both multi-cloud and hybrid cloud deployments. To be clear, since these terms are often used interchangeably, multi-cloud is when you deploy different, unrelated applications or workloads on different cloud platforms. You may use Google Cloud to run business applications such as Workday, or Salesforce.com; Azure for disaster recovery and collaboration applications; and AWS for micro-services and storage. Hybrid cloud is when you're using two different cloud infrastructures in an interoperable fashion to optimize a single workload. This allows your applications to be portable.
Analytics are perhaps better suited to multi and hybrid cloud deployments than any other type of workload given the elastic nature of these applications. In fact, analytic workloads are some of the fastest growing workloads in the cloud precisely due to the technological and business advantages that cloud computing offers.
The technology advantages are pretty apparent: improved reliability, almost unlimited scalability, and tremendous application performance. It’s when you consider the business advantages that it becomes clear that analytics should be a key piece of any multi-cloud strategy:
It’s imperative for every company to have a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategy if they want their business to remain competitive. The advantages are just too great to overlook. We’re all familiar with the technology advantages--improved reliability, scalability, and performance, but more importantly, there are incredible business advantages.
If you leverage containers, and resource management technologies like Kubernetes, you can architect your applications to be portable across all cloud providers, including private cloud. And that portability and interoperability is how multi-cloud delivers tremendous business advantages—flexibility, negotiating power, cost savings, the ability to leverage innovation, and most importantly for analytics, accelerated time to insight. Whether from your data, customer data, partner data or third-party data, you get insights much quicker than if you're trying to do this either with a single cloud or in your own on-prem deployments. Every CIO wants to take advantage of that.