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Multi-Cloud: Added Security and Control Complexities Outweigh Potential Feature Benefits

By Dick Weisinger

On average, mid to large companies are using five different cloud platforms for operations across their businesses, according to a study by Rightscale. Using more than one cloud platform has the advantage of choosing the best of breed for specific business requirements.  Businesses can factor in considerations like cost and features when making the decision.  Using more than one cloud vendor can also minimize downtime risks and provide more options if problems are identified with any one vendor.

Bikash Koley, chief technology officer at Juniper Networks, said that “for IT to be successful in becoming multicloud-ready, it is critical organizations consider not only the data center and public cloud, but also the on-ramps of their campus and branch networks. Otherwise, enterprises will face fractured security and operations as network boundaries prevent seamless, end-to-end visibility and control.”

The downside of a multi-cloud approach is that the architecture and security complexity increases dramatically, and without proper planning, multi-cloud usage can become significantly more expensive.

John Maddison, senior Vice President at Fortinet, noted three obstacles that multi-cloud environments need to overcome:

  • Poor visibility – difficult to get a comprehensive world-view of cloud data and services across all clouds
  • Coordination – Multi-cloud usage results in siloed data and makes it difficult to secure and to defend against a cyber attack
  • High Total Cost of Ownership – aggregating and matching data across all cloud platforms is time consuming and delays the time needed to make decisions.
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