Today’s enterprise requires a mix of cloud vendors, solutions, and storage services which is why using multiple cloud providers is a good predictor of how efficiently enterprises operate. The benefits of a multicloud strategy are obvious. There is no vendor lock-in, which leaves a business free to choose the best options for their specific situation. However, picking the right underlying cloud infrastructure is a choice that ripples outward and underpins the success or failure of enterprise cloud migrations and business modernization.
How to Choose the Right Multicloud Platform
When choosing a Cloud platform to include in your multicloud strategy, there are four (4) key questions to answer:
- Does the platform match your business needs? Find a platform that offers the services or functions that your business needs and that are deployed in ways that work with your existing infrastructure and environment.
- Is interoperability possible? Choose a platform that integrates networks and identity management. This is key to ensuring communication between clouds, which lowers the logistical hurdles for users and managers.
- Are you getting the security and governance you need? Security must be a prime consideration and is frequently tied to interoperability. Some multicloud platforms limit authentication and authorization to specific vendors, which creates ripple effects down the line, limiting your platform choices. Pick a platform with wider options that also prioritizes security and minimizes your risk.
- Is the price right? Is the price worth the time and effort it saves? Can you monitor costs to ensure you’re getting the value promised? You need a platform that offers APIs to simplify integration with other tools. Choose an option that offers an inside view into use, resources, and costs, so that everything falls inside the budget parameters you have set.
Why Enterprises Choose OCI
For many organizations, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) delivers on all the considerations mentioned above. On this platform, customers can create and run applications that are secure, scalable, highly available, and deliver high performance. OCI supports all workloads, allowing migration of Oracle apps, VMware workloads, as well as custom, cloud-native, and ISV applications. These migrations don’t require rearchitecting or retooling, making OCI a great match for most critical business needs and offering the interoperability needed by a wide range of enterprise functions.
With OCI, security has been integrated into the core experience since inception rather than as an afterthought. Security features layer your infrastructure with full-stack protection and guard against ever-evolving threats. With automated patching, always-on encryption, and customer isolation, you can rest in the knowledge that your enterprise workloads and data will remain secure.
Crucially, OCI offers uniform pricing and predictable and consistent billing, which is uncommon among cloud platforms. Tech research consultancy Omdia notes, “For organizations that operate globally and require workloads to execute in multiple locations, the complication that most cloud providers introduce is variable pricing by location.” They note the difference with OCI: “Unlike most other public cloud vendors, OCI offers consistent global pricing, and its benefits are supported by customers.” That consistency of experience is further bolstered by comprehensive SLAs that cover the management, availability, and performance of the multicloud environment.