Organizations of all sizes are beginning to see the benefits of multi-site, multi-cloud storage deployments, including:
- Minimized risk of downtime
- Less reliance on a single vendor
- Improved performance to meet the needs of customers and partners, and more
But one big caveat for organizations looking to reap these rewards is that multi-site, multi-cloud can be painfully complex to navigate and manage. And this is where ioFABRIC Vicinity’s Data Fabric comes in.
Multi-cloud vs. Hybrid cloud
When we say multi-site, multi-cloud we mean one or more company data centers working seamlessly with one or more cloud providers.
Multi-cloud can be multiple public cloud providers for multiple applications. This allows you to choose best-in-class providers, improve resiliency, and not be locked in to a single vendor. You can then deploy workloads on the most appropriate cloud environment and migrate between clouds as needed.
Multi-cloud could also be one or more private clouds seamlessly integrated with one or more public clouds, aka: a Hybrid Cloud.
How does Vicinity help multi-site, multi-cloud configurations?
There are a number of ways that Vicinity can help you get the most out of your multi-cloud configuration.
Security and Governance
We’ve addressed this point in the past, but it bears repeating: It is imperative that you know how and where your data is being stored, especially in the age of cloud storage. By leveraging multiple clouds, your data could potentially be stored in multiple locations and multiple countries, and its governance defined by the laws of whichever country it resides in.
Vicinity addresses concerns around data governance in multi-cloud deployments by easily allowing you to manage where your most sensitive data is stored. You can move and monitor data from a single dashboard, ensuring that data is physically located where it needs to be in order to meet your security and governance requirements..
One benefit of multi-cloud configurations is that they improve the resiliency of your data. If you store all of your data on a single vendor’s cloud, you become more vulnerable to localized component failures – multi-cloud protects against this.
To take things one step further, Vicinity creates dynamic replicas and snapshots or clones of your data. This protects against disaster of all types, from natural disaster to component failure to human error, and provides you with a system that is nearly perfectly resilient.
While cloud storage is an attractive alternative to on-premise for many businesses, that doesn’t mean that on-premise is going away any time soon. Many businesses are in the middle of a slow migration to the cloud, as on-premise has been the standard for so long that it is difficult to make the change all at once.
Vicinity’s data fabric creates a flexible layer that sits on top of all of your storage – cloud and on-premise. This allows for piece-by-piece migration, at your own pace, without interruption.
Lastly, a multi-cloud system can be difficult to monitor and manage effectively. Working with different vendors does offer benefits, but a big drawback is not having a centralized view of your storage configuration.
Using Vicinity’s data fabric, you get access to a centralized dashboard that monitors and manages all of your storage resources as if they were part of a single solution. Each cloud configuration is used to its maximum potential in tandem with on-premise or any other resource you connect into your system, creating a cohesive whole.