What is Multicloud? A Beginner’s Guide in 2022
If you’re unfamiliar with multicloud, it can be tricky to know where to start. In this blog, we cover the basics of multicloud, why it’s popular, and how it could benefit your business.
Even if you’ve barely dipped your toes in the cloud, you’ve probably seen the term multicloud floating around a lot – and for good reason. In short, it’s a sure-fire strategy to improve capabilities and costs, as well as keep your virtual data backed up in a crisis. And it’s only surging in popularity – with a predicted 94% of organizations having a multicloud network by 2024, it’s a setup many are turning to in the shift from traditional infrastructure.
Essentially, multicloud is just that: multiple clouds. If a business is opting for multicloud, instead of “using one vendor for cloud hosting, storage, and the full application stack, in a multicloud configuration they use several.” When we talk about multicloud, we’re typically referring to the suite of the key players in Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), namely Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, who take up 33%, 21%, and 10% of cloud market share respectively as at Q4, 2021 – but there are dozens of others out there.
The benefits for you
Multicloud can prove a rewarding solution for businesses needing a secure and simplified system of managing, migrating, and storing data. Enterprises should consider using multicloud for a handful of reasons:
1. Minimize vendor lock-in – businesses can jump between cloud providers to suit changing needs, whether it be speed requirements or cost considerations.
2. Take advantage of applications which can span multiple clouds for more features – receive the unique or best-in-class services of every cloud provider by connecting your business’ applications to your multicloud suite.
3. Create a full-service cloud stack to improve business functionalities – by embracing multicloud in each stage of your networking system, you can improve network interoperability and performance.
How to get started
Going multicloud simply requires connecting to multiple cloud providers, which may be based on preferences or particular needs such as higher bandwidth or faster speeds. There are various multicloud connectivity methods available, whether it be connecting to each provider individually via the public internet or subscribing through a private telecommunication provider.
Companies primarily using traditional cloud connectivity methods can run into a range of issues, from being trapped in long-term contracts to being unable to scale their connections as their needs change. But the rise of Network as a Service (NaaS) and multicloud presents an opportunity to modernize legacy networks and better meet the speed and data load needs of businesses in 2022.
Using a virtual cloud router—which makes it possible to ‘capitalize on existing (and future) off the shelf systems, and leverage the benefits of Software Defined Network (SDN) at scale’—allows you take your network to the next level through improved network performance, bolstered security and risk management, flexibility, and scalability. By using a virtual cloud router with a NaaS provider, as opposed to unsecure and unreliable public internet, you can safely and easily connect your clouds to each other for easier multicloud networking.
For example, Kiwi.com, an online travel tech company headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, turned its unsecure public internet connectivity into a streamlined multicloud environment through virtual cloud routing. Previously relying on established Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) tunnels to allow its different cloud environments to communicate, which offered limited bandwidth that reduced customer service quality, the team had a need for faster speeds as well as improved reliability and security. It was then that Kiwi.com decided to work with Megaport to establish more robust, private connections between the different components of their multicloud environment, custom-fitting their cloud suite to meet the speed and efficiency needs of their expanding operations.
How Megaport can kickstart your multicloud experience
Whether your business is interested in shifting from traditional, physical infrastructure, or you’re looking to level up your multicloud architecture, Megaport is a great place to start.
With Megaport Cloud Router (MCR), you can enjoy a fast, secure, and scalable way to connect your suite of clouds, offering full cloud-to-cloud connectivity. This means your data can move between your various cloud architectures directly, without having to stop off at a data center first (known as hairpinning) – reducing latency and time, as well as giving you control over your bandwidth.
Without physical infrastructure, customers can leverage cloud-to-cloud networking, private peering between leading public cloud, IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), and SaaS (Software as a Service) providers, and direct connectivity to any provider on the Megaport Software Defined Network. Without the need for physical infrastructure, customers can spin up Virtual Cross Connects (VXCs) on demand with easy network management via the Megaport Portal. This all adds up to a faster, more flexible multicloud network.
With a slew of benefits for enterprises, it’s easy to see why multicloud infrastructures are only becoming more popular. With the flexibility and scalability, reduced risk and data loss management, and improved network performance it offers, multicloud through Megaport is a key solution to managing your business’ data. The question now is: How will you embrace it?