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Multi-cloud storage combines the storage services of multiple cloud vendors into a unified architecture. As a result, your organization can experience increased flexibility, security, data durability, and compliance, as well as lower costs.

Leveraging cloud storage from multiple clouds allows you to distribute your data amongst various locations. By doing so, you can bypass the limitations that come from relying upon a single vendor. Adopting multi-cloud storage allows you to drive innovation by consolidating resources into a single architecture across multiple clouds. Consequently, you can eliminate the data silos that may appear from using a single private or public cloud environment. 

In this article, we discuss the benefits of multi-cloud storage and how you can successfully implement it into your business.


What is Multi-Cloud Storage?

Multi-cloud storage allows users to leverage multiple cloud storage services to secure their data. This process, however, is easier said than done. Organizations must deploy procedures to manage the distribution of data between multiple clouds —whether they are private, public, or hybrid. Managed Service Providers (MSPs), native public cloud services, and third-party cloud solutions can all merge into a single multi-cloud environment. 

Multi-cloud storage service providers fall into the following categories: 

  • Native cloud services from large cloud providers such as AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure. These often include support for database, object, and block storage.  
  • Supplier integrated services, including cloud services providers, cloud service resellers, and managed service providers. You can pre-integrate these services with your cloud provider.  
  • Marketplace services, including virtual machine images or applications from third-party services that you can utilize through a marketplace.

Why Multi-Cloud Storage?

Switching to a multi-cloud storage architecture can provide numerous benefits. Some of the most common include:  

 

Enhanced Flexibility

  • Utilizing storage from multiple vendors avoids vendor lock-in and allows you to duplicate your data.  
  • With multiple services, users gain access to specialized proprietary services that each vendor provides.  

 

Cost Efficiency 

Administrators can pick and choose bits and pieces of storage services from each vendor.

Users can customize what data moves across services, improving accessibility and performance.

 

Additional Security

  • Critical data remains separated across providers. A breach in one provider only affects part of the data, ensuring attacks stay isolated.
  • Users can store backups in various locations.
  • With centralized monitoring and logging, administrators can further reduce the risks of data loss. Users can better target security measures by clarifying the location of the data.

 

Data Durability

  • Data is backed up off-site, making it more affordable than tape storage.
  • Retention periods improve, increasing overall affordability.

 

Increased Compliance  

  • With more strict data privacy rules, data must stay stored in specific locations to meet standard requirements.
  • Companies can store most of their data in one country with a subset replication in another country. Each replication complies with individual geographic regulations.

How Multi-Cloud Storage Works

Multi-cloud controllers manage multi-cloud storage by combining all of an organization’s resources under a common API. This process creates a centralized management point, allowing you to monitor and manage services from a unified console.

Multi-cloud controllers typically use a variety of security, cluster, and storage manager agents. They allow for reduced expenses, ensuring optimization and availability. Through logging, users can know their data’s location, so they can maintain control and eliminate risk.


Requirements Before Adoption

  1. For the smooth operation of your multi-cloud storage services, ensure that your environment has high functionality, mobility, and visibility.
  2. Only utilize services with enterprise-grade functionality. Aim for adopting a storage service with high durability and failure rates of less than 0.2%. Furthermore, review your service’s storage level agreement for what events they cover and exclude. Service should be low-latency and have the ability to support tens of thousands of input/output operations per second (IOPS).
  3. Regarding mobility, you must determine the difficulty of moving data between service providers. You may need to reformat, re-architect, and refactor applications. Ideally, services should also allow you to transfer data freely and support containerization, further increasing mobility.
  4. Finally, ensure that your services can integrate with your centralized monitoring dashboard for high visibility. Many of the benefits for multi-cloud storage require visibility, as it is key for smooth and secure operations. Tracking access and movement, logging service and data events, and ensuring optimization and performance are all critical functions of an optimized multi-cloud storage environment.

Businesses are constantly adopting multi-cloud architectures. As your company’s multi-cloud strategy develops, it is more important than ever to optimize it to protect one of your most valuable assets: your data.


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