Understanding the challenges of multi-cloud connectivity
According to Flexera’s 2021 State of the Cloud report, over 92% of enterprises now have a multi-cloud strategy, and while IT may not be responsible for commissioning the services, network managers certainly have a role to play in optimising the access and the cloud connectivity experience delivered.
A multi-cloud approach can introduce more network complexity because provisioning direct connections to multiple clouds is no easy feat – and as digital transformation strategies mature, organisations increasingly require the ability to transfer data between multiple clouds or across multiple geographies. Because interconnectivity between different cloud providers can be complex, and moving data between different regions on the same cloud can introduce unforeseen costs, multi-cloud connectivity is a real challenge for even seasoned network professionals.
In its “Predicts 2022: Connecting the Digital Enterprise” report, Gartner states that interest in public cloud networking and multi-cloud networking has increased dramatically in the last 15 months, largely because the native networking capabilities of public cloud providers vary greatly and are insufficient for many enterprise use cases.