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Derive's Datacenter Practice Lead, Heman Yung, discusses important aspects of hybrid multi-cloud platforms—strengths as well as potential challenges.

Q: What is a hybrid multi-cloud platform?

A hybrid multi-cloud platform is a combination of on-premises, private, and public cloud environments. It allows organizations to distribute their workloads across multiple cloud services, while also keeping some data and applications in their own datacenters. This way, they can take advantage of the unique features and benefits of different cloud services.

Q: What are the benefits of adopting a hybrid multi-cloud platform?

Benefits include:

  1. Flexibility and Scalability – different cloud services can offer unique features and capabilities, allowing businesses to use the best tool for each task. Plus, the scalability of the cloud means businesses can easily expand or reduce their resources as needed.
  2. Cost-Efficiency – businesses can choose the most cost-effective cloud service for each application or workload, potentially saving money. Some tasks might be cheaper to run on-premises or in a private cloud, while others may be more cost-effective in a public cloud.
  3. Redundancy and Disaster Recovery – having data and applications distributed across multiple locations can improve redundancy and disaster recovery. If one service goes down, workloads can be quickly moved to another.
  4. Regulatory Compliance – for companies operating in regulated industries, hybrid multi-cloud allows sensitive data to be kept on-premises or in a private cloud to meet compliance requirements, while other data can be stored in the public cloud.
Q: What are the drawbacks of a hybrid multi-cloud platform?

Despite its advantages, there are also some potential drawbacks to a hybrid multi-cloud approach:

  1. Complexity – managing and orchestrating across multiple cloud environments can be complex and may require significant technical expertise.
  2. Cost Overruns – if not managed properly, costs can quickly spiral out of control in a multi-cloud environment.
  3. Data Security – while distributing data across multiple locations can improve redundancy, it can also increase the surface area for potential attacks.
  4. Interoperability – ensuring different cloud environments can communicate and work together effectively can be challenging.
Q: What selection criteria might a datacenter manager use when choosing a hybrid multi-cloud platform product?

A datacenter manager might consider several factors:

  1. Interoperability and Integration – the platform should be able to integrate effectively with the organization's existing systems and should be compatible with various public and private cloud services.
  2. Security and Compliance – robust security features should be available to help the organization meet any regulatory compliance requirements.
  3. Cost – the solution should fit within the organization's budget and offer tools to monitor and manage cloud spending.
  4. Management and Orchestration – proper tools for managing and orchestrating workloads across different cloud environments should be standard.
  5. Support and Training – good vendor support and training are crucial, particularly for organizations new to hybrid multi-cloud.
  6. Scalability - the platform should be able to scale as the organization grows and needs evolve.

In conclusion, hybrid multi-cloud platforms offer a range of benefits, but they also come with challenges. By carefully evaluating the pros and cons and considering key selection criteria, datacenter managers can make informed decisions that will best serve their organizations' needs.

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