back to overview

The multi-cloud requires that all data connections are bundled via a single port


© D3Damon | iStockphoto


Those who rely on a single provider for the cloud are taking a risk. However, the multi-cloud is complex and a strategic procedure is required.

A minor problem can have a major impact. For example, at the end of February 2017, an administrator’s typo caused a number of servers for the Amazon Web Service (AWS) to be shut down. The consequence: several 100,000 companies from all over the world could no longer use their applications. Analysts estimate that damages of more than 150 million dollars were generated in the USA alone.

To avoid such surprises, companies should not rely exclusively on one provider. Multi-cloud solutions reduce the risk, as they share the data and applications across various cloud services. However, a cloud exit strategy is absolutely essential. It ensures that data can be transferred from one cloud environment to the other efficiently and cheaply.

Prepare the exit directly when using the cloud

Preparations for the exit are important if the company wishes to switch to another provider. However, they are also necessary if certain workloads are to be processed using different cloud services. The migration of data and processes is usually extremely time-consuming and expensive. Special functions or specific interfaces that only a certain provider is familiar with, in particular, result in the dreaded “vendor lock-in”, which makes transferring data and workloads more difficult.

A multi-cloud strategy with an exit option involves a lot of expertise, resources and processes. Here, it is important to have an experienced, flexible and reliable infrastructure partner that can create new design freedom for the company with its teams and digital infrastructure. The multi-cloud requires that companies strategically consider the IT infrastructure: what network connection is required in which form?

A conventional Internet connection is not sufficient for the multi-cloud, as it cannot cope with the required data volume. Many companies use a range of provider contracts to manage the communication and data-transmission requirements. Such a highly complex network of connections and interconnects with multiple providers is expensive and not always fail-safe. Companies therefore need to reduce the complexity of the data connections. This can be achieved by commissioning a neutral provider, thus not only reducing the pure connection costs, but also improving the overview of the cost structure and making management of the individual digital services easier.

A cloud hub secures access to the services

Ultimately, it comes down to a service bundle, such as that provided by the ITENOS platform Data LogistIX. With this, a company procures all communications services from a single source accesses them using its IT via a single port. Costly and slow cross-connect implementations, complex procedures for selecting the location, and expensive housing in data centers in Tier-1 cities such as Frankfurt are thus all things of the past.

In order to remain flexible as a company in the future and continue being able to respond quickly to new developments, co-location and connectivity should be interact in an optimal way. A cloud-exit strategy (clexit) should already be set up for every booked service in the planning phase.

Data LogistIX provides gateways to the major cloud providers in the form of a “cloud hub” to ensure that applications are highly available and fail-safe. A modern, fully networked data-center platform like ITENOS Data LogistIX makes it easier for its users to handle the requirements when using state-of-the-art technology.

The usual benefits of a co-location data center apply and, in addition, with its “Cloud Connect” service the company can guarantee an extremely reliable and high-performing connection to the familiar major cloud providers. This avoids a vendor lock-in and ensures maximum flexibility. On request, capacities of ten gigabytes per second are also possible – sufficient bandwidth for all your cloud requirements.