Why so many clouds? Tackle unique challenges

By Rajesh Awasthi

In today’s competitive landscape, cloud users – not only technology experts but also modern application developers, entrepreneurs and customers alike – face unique challenges. With the increasing footprint of the cloud, developers and consumers are looking for infrastructure-agnostic platforms and serverless capabilities that can run in a border-less manner to ensure optimal cost and performance trade-offs. Although hyper-scalars offer a developer-friendly environment, there are limitations to vendor lock-ins outside the primary infrastructure provider, which leads to increased cost of opportunity as it affects the ability to drive pricing for independent software vendors (ISVs). Customers

While open-source services are accepted because of the flexibility on hyperscalers, there are challenges to hassle-free management due to the constraints around support structures and managed services, which makes it difficult to scale at the enterprise level.

Also, robust and resilient services such as databases, security systems, content delivery, etc. are required to be available on distributed infrastructure for the depth of automation in remote work environment and platform services. These need to be outside the confines of individual vendor networking and with the ability to spread across the cloud, infrastructure, enterprise data centers and even premises.

A multi-cloud approach helps address these challenges and has greater flexibility, agility, and seamless connectivity across different environments across multiple geographies to support country-specific needs. It provides an orchestration level that can place, scale and heal applications across cloud providers and other hybrid infrastructure in an infrastructure-agnostic way. It is an effective way that services can be used without limiting the local network in a ubiquitous way and intelligent applications support conscious networking capabilities that help to route traffic according to optimal cost performance metrics. It offers a step towards standardizing and managing open-source services, making it easier to use between Hyperscaler and hybrid multi-cloud vendors.

Author Head of Global Cloud and Managed Hosting Services, Tata Communications

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