Cloud computing in general offers an affordable and efficient alternative to local computing. Hybrid and multi-cloud alternatives can offer those advantages too. Likewise, a multiple cloud strategy can address many of the ongoing concerns about security and data protection in the cloud. But both hybrid and multi-cloud solutions can create new burdens in terms of cost and maintenance that can offset the cloud’s promise of efficient, low-cost alternatives to traditional business computing strategies.
Sending a company’s computing functions to the cloud typically eliminates the need for a major IT presence on-site – one of the cloud’s main benefits. But because a hybrid cloud solution combines a public or private cloud with on-site networking, this strategy has its own costs. It still requires local hardware and IT staff to maintain both the local system and its connections with the cloud-based tools.
Depending on the structure of a multi-cloud solution, similar issues can arise, even if a company chooses to use only low-cost public cloud services. As the world of cloud computing continues to grow, it also becomes more complex, with a constantly expanding array of available services and tools to choose from. Managing a suite of several clouds, each with its own technology, interfaces, and user tools, can be complicated. It potentially requires the presence of dedicated IT staff or the use of a cloud services broker to keep all parts of the system working together smoothly.
Integrating and managing the different components of a multi-cloud solution creates new challenges for business computing of all kinds. But hybrid and multi-cloud computing strategies can provide flexible, comprehensive solutions to a company’s computing needs – with more tools and services than a single cloud service can provide.
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