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Why you should spread workloads across multiple cloud providers

27th January 2014

According to research carried out by IDG Connect for SunGard Availability Services, less than a third of companies currently outsource applications and services to multiple cloud service providers simultaneously. As a result, they are potentially missing out on three benefits: cost, performance and reliability.

Single provider preferred

The majority of organisations that have migrated virtual workloads to third parties tend to deal with a single service provider rather than designate different applications or services to multiple hosting sites.

This implies that maintaining and monitoring more than one cloud service is associated with concerns over security, complexity and management.

Scope for third party providers

Where possible, customer workloads should be demonstrably interoperable and securely portable between virtualised environments – allowing migration to take place without any additional formatting.

Third party providers and cloud brokers have an ideal opportunity to address lock-in fears and alleviate management burden by taking responsibility for the cloud migration and monitoring of multiple workloads under a single managed contract, backed by appropriate SLAs.

Matching service

This provides the option of matching specific project objectives and/or workloads to cloud- based services that are best placed to meet their requirements. For example, cloud bursting CPU batch processing or temporary storage resources lend themselves to supporting test and development cycles.

We have recently seen the emergence of various open source cloud management platforms and software stacks designed to simplify cloud-to-cloud and hosted cloud to hybrid cloud migration. But their success depends largely on support from multiple hardware/software vendors, cloud service providers and telecommunications carriers, in particular the volume and breadth of cloud services between which virtualised workloads can be migrated.

You can find out more about migrating to the cloud by downloading the full Cloud Workload Migration White Paper.