It's widely accepted that most businesses can benefit from adding cloud computing to their IT strategy, especially if they're looking to become more agile and innovative. Sourcing those cloud services from a single cloud provider might also seem like a smart choice, helping reduce the cost and effort involved in delivering the IT your company needs. But working with a single cloud vendor has its drawbacks. It can:
- prevent you from choosing the best tools and technology to stay competitive
- lock you in to higher costs down the road
- open you up to increased risks to business continuity
Recognising these limitations is why more than 85% of large IT organisations are committed to developing a multi-cloud architecture in 2018, according to analysts at IDC.
Watch our short video below for 4 reasons to add Google Cloud Platform to your multi-cloud strategy:
With a multi-cloud or dual-sourcing strategy, you can pick and choose the provider that offers:
- the best applications and tools to answer a particular business challenge or help you innovate, whether that's cloud storage, Big Data, Machine Learning or another cloud service
- the most appropriate supporting infrastructure for your specific needs, whether you need highly available on-demand servers, robust networking or world-class security
- the right range of open-source and container-ready environments to make it easy to quickly deploy or relocate both new and legacy applications
- the best in multi-cloud support tools, so you can manage all your clouds from one place and build microservices and apps that work across multiple clouds
- simple and transparent contracts that deliver the best value not only right now but in the future, thanks to pricing models that offer flexibility as your business needs change.
If you're not already using the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), we think it's a strong contender to be included alongside your existing provider in a dual-sourcing strategy. It offers a wide range of best-in-class tools and infrastructure that already power familiar products like Google Search, G Suite and Google Maps, used by millions of people every day. It's enabled companies like Lush and Ocado to succeed by staying at the forefront of their industries. And it makes running multi-cloud operations straightforward and cost-effective, with tools to manage workloads running across multiple clouds, along with per-minute pricing on many services that means you only pay for what you actually use.