It’s a Multi-Cloud World: Are You Ready?
It’s been awhile since organizations had to be convinced of the value of the public cloud. Even those who haven’t moved there yet understand the advantages; in most cases, it’s a matter of when, not if, the move will be made.
This doesn’t mean, of course, that everything in your data center will end up in the cloud. But for those workloads for which it makes sense, the cloud is transformational.
So what’s the next big change? Well, it’s using more than one cloud. Businesses are embracing multi-cloud strategies, using multiple public and/or private clouds to avoid lock-in, minimize expenses, and optimize performance. And, if done right, it doesn’t have to be more complex or expensive than using a single public cloud.
More on that in a bit. For now, it’s important to understand that multi-cloud strategies provide a number of potential financial, operational and functional advantages, including:
You can use multiple providers to avoid lock-in and improve vendor leverage. Many businesses are looking for greater choice, and are pursuing multi-cloud options using more open-minded and forward-looking cloud providers. Industry associations like the Bandwidth Alliance encourage multi-cloud implementations by allowing customers to move data between providers with nominal or no transfer fees.
Most legacy public cloud providers offer bloated portfolios of compute, storage, and networking services. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) all sell dozens of different products, from blockchain applications to machine learning solutions to security tools.
With so many different products to support and enhance, it’s difficult for legacy providers to maintain expertise and leadership across their entire product line; they’ve become jacks of all trades, masters of none. By leveraging a variety of specialized, next-generation providers, you can partner with experts, keep pace with the latest advances in technology, and gain a leg up on the competition.
Optimal Price and Performance
Many companies are using multiple cloud providers to balance costs or performance. Cloud pricing, performance, and service level commitments can vary widely from region to region. Many multinational businesses leverage a mix of cloud providers to optimize application performance and minimize operating expenses across the globe.
Some multinational companies use multiple clouds to satisfy diverse regulatory requirements across the globe. This creates problems, since data privacy and data retention regulations vary from region to region.
Take the financial services industry, for example; in the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) impose one set rules for protecting and preserving electronic records. In the European Union, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mandates dictate a different set of rules. A global financial services firm may need to use a combination of private and public clouds to ensure worldwide compliance.
Wasabi’s Hot Cloud Storage for Multi-Cloud Strategies
Given these advantages of multi-cloud usage, the next question is how to simplify implementation of such a strategy. Here’s where Wasabi has a solid answer.
Wasabi hot cloud storage is extremely economical, fast, and reliable cloud object storage for any purpose. Unlike first-generation cloud storage services with confusing storage tiers and complex pricing schemes, Wasabi is easy to understand and cost-effective to scale. One product, with predictable and straightforward pricing, supports virtually every cloud storage use case, making Wasabi a perfect fit for a multi-cloud implementation.
Wasabi’s key advantages for multi-cloud strategies include:
Wasabi hot cloud storage is cheaper—up to 80% cheaper, in fact—than AWS. Sound too good to be true? Well, you can explore the numbers yourself.
The savings go further than that, too. Unlike AWS, GCP, and Azure, Wasabi doesn’t impose extra fees to retrieve data from storage (called “egress fees”). And they don’t charge extra fees for PUT, GET, DELETE, and other API calls.
Wasabi’s parallelized system architecture delivers up to a 6x read/write performance advantage over first-generation cloud-storage services, with significantly faster time-to-first-byte speeds.
Robust Data Durability and Protection
Wasabi hot cloud storage is engineered to deliver extreme data durability, integrity, and security. An optional data immutability capability prevents accidental deletions and administrative mishaps; protects against malware, bugs, and viruses; and improves regulatory compliance.
You can use Wasabi as a cost-effective hot standby in an Amazon S3 storage implementation. This makes it an affordable alternative to Amazon S3 Cross-Region Replication (CRR). You can keep a live copy of your S3 data on Wasabi for the fraction of the price of a secondary S3 region; for that matter, you can replicate in two or more Wasabi regions at a lower cost than staying within the AWS ecosystem.
What all this means is that if the S3 service is unavailable, your applications can fail over to Wasabi.
You can also replicate data to an immutable Wasabi bucket to protect data against administrative mishaps, accidental deletions, and ransomware. An immutable data object cannot be deleted or modified by anyone, including Wasabi.
Wasabi is deployed in fully secure and redundant data centers that are certified for SOC-2, ISO ISO 27001 and PCI-DSS. You can trust the data that’s there.
Now that you’ve seen all the benefits available via a multi-cloud environment, it seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? And Wasabi makes it even easier to get there. So what are you waiting for?