In recent years, multi-cloud has seen a massive increase in popularity for businesses of all sizes and verticals. But what is driving this increase in multi-cloud solutions and how can your organization make the most out of a cloud strategy?
Origins of Multi-Cloud
First, it is helpful to understand the origin of multi-cloud for enterprises — where it came to initial use and why it has become so popular in recent years. Originally, multi-cloud solutions arose out of the use of cloud services for infrastructure and business teams purchasing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications for themselves. The result is an enterprise IT environment that is very complex and demanding. The benefit of this newly defined environment is that it enables organizations to be competitive and cutting-edge in their technological approaches without restricting business activities around IT budgets. However, it does create increased pressure to manage and secure this diverse IT ecosystem.
A few years back, the role of the cloud in organizations’ development and data storage began to reach a critical mass. With a new story seemingly breaking every week about large companies experience data breaches, IT organizations made a point to create new policy-based cloud strategies that helped dictate what data should be stored where in an effort to minimize data exposure and lower the probability of security risks. As IT organizations tried to decide what worked best, they adopted a multi-faceted approach — not only were decisions made due to best fit but also with cost savings in mind. The result? A multi-cloud strategy, less by intention and more out of business necessity.
Tools for Multi-Cloud
Today, cloud platforms (such as mainstays like Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, and IBM Bluemix) are, by their very nature, API-driven and naturally lend themselves to open interaction. As a result, to keep a consistent structure and maximize the ROI of multi-cloud strategies, more and more tools are coming to market to help those managing infrastructures and developing applications.
One example of such a technology is Exadel’s CrossKube. This tool was created in order to provide basic IaC support for a strong enterprise environment using Kubernetes and Terraform. Recognizing the need for some core containers that had key application components already installed in them, Exadel set out to create a tool that was robust enough to meet these demands and flexible enough to be relevant to many different organizations, no matter their needs. This template of an enterprise Kubernetes environment and components can easily be launched into multi-cloud environments. With preconfigured components like Zabbix, SonarQube, Selenium, Consul, Vault, and custom application containers, CrossKube is a perfect fit for microservices application architectures.
CrossKube also helps organizations harness the power of Kubernetes, whether it’s already part of their toolbox that they want to continue employing or whether it’s a new strategy for their development pipeline. That flexibility is central to CrossKube. Your might use a single cloud, but need a containerized infrastructure quickly. Or, you might be getting a multi-cloud environment up and running, but want help working through the kinks of establishing matching infrastructure using IaC best practices on multiple public clouds. Either way, Kubernetes can help — and CrossKube helps make it easy.
Multi-cloud strategies have completed shifted the way IT organizations work. With so many options available to IT professionals, the flexibility and security of a proper multi-cloud approach is hard to argue with — and by leveraging tools like CrossKube, you can make your multi-cloud strategy pay off in big ways.