The cloud is everywhere. Phrases like “cloud first” and “we’re moving everything to the cloud” are common today. A growing company should have a cloud strategy to take full advantage of the possibilities the cloud offers.
A cloud strategy is a designation for the roles the cloud will play in a company’s operations. It should not be confused with a cloud adoption or migration plan. Ideally, those plans are part of a company’s overall cloud strategy.
This article briefly examines the hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategies. If you have questions about what role FIBERTOWN can play in your cloud strategy, we’d love to speak with you.
A Hybrid Cloud Strategy
The concept of a hybrid cloud strategy is like that of a hybrid car. A hybrid car uses both electricity and gasoline for power. A hybrid cloud strategy uses both private and public clouds to store and retrieve data.
An example of a private cloud would be a company’s on-premise data center or FIBERTOWN’s data center. On the other hand, public clouds like AWS, Google and Microsoft Azure own and manage all of the hardware, software, and infrastructure associated with their cloud services.
The intent of a hybrid cloud strategy is to provide varied cloud providers as a single solution. For example, at FIBERTOWN, we serve as a private cloud provider while giving you easy access to multiple public cloud services. As our client, you can use Megaport, which allows you to connect to public clouds such as Office365, AWS and Google through a single port, optimizing cost and security, plus reducing latency (less lag time).
A Multi-Cloud Strategy
A multi-cloud strategy means utilizing multiple public cloud services to store and retrieve data. While redundancy is strong with this option (just as it is with the hybrid strategy), there are some drawbacks. This solution can be difficult to manage because of the number of vendors involved. Plus, latency can be an issue since multiple providers must “talk” with one another. But this strategy does lessen vendor lock-in. If you’re unhappy with a cloud provider, migrating to another one is easier because you’re already utilizing services from multiple ones.
FIBERTOWN Would Like to be a Part of Your Cloud Strategy
Cloud strategy is more than simply storing and retrieving data in the cloud. It’s a designation for how the cloud will be used for your company’s sustainability and growth. We strongly suggest setting aside time to consider your cloud strategy.
We’d love to tell you more about FIBERTOWN’s data centers (in Houston and Bryan-College Station) and how they can help bolster your cloud strategy.
Start the conversation today.