MULTICLOUD STORAGE: FOUR LESSONS FROM 2017’S OUTAGES

Multicloud deployments are a major IT focus, with a whopping 85 percent of enterprises reporting that they have a multicloud strategy in 2017. That’s up from 82 percent in 2016 (RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report, February 2017). A big difficulty in pursuing a multicloud strategy is the complexity of managing different storage implementations, each with its own features, user interface, access methods and terminology. If that storage requires proprietary formats or protocols that are rare or unavailable elsewhere, the challenge increases.

Two major cloud outages by hyperscale cloud-service providers AWS and Microsoft Azure earlier this year put multicloud storage architectures in the spotlight. Enterprises using these public clouds suddenly found themselves unable to access their data for four or five hours. The Wall Street Journal estimated the AWS outage cost S&P-listed companies $150 million in lost revenue—excluding the cost to midsize and smaller firms.

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