In recent years, multi-cloud infrastructure has emerged as the solution of choice for over 90% of companies, with 58% working with at least 4 and 15% working with over 10. Avoiding vendor lock-in, risks around single cloud reliability, and the need for price-sensitive deployments has boosted the desire for a multi-cloud strategy.

Cloud Connectivity transparency ought to be considered as a critical component of any cloud, hybrid-cloud or multi-cloud deployment. Simplicity of a network overview is particularly important given the unique nature of Cloud Connect. Administrators and network engineers demands on time and resources are continually evolving and skills stretched to the limits.

Odds are if you are serious about the cloud, you’re already using at least one of Microsoft Azure, AWS, HPE Helion, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud or somebodies cloud. There are benefits to each of the many cloud providers, however, it’s not only just good practice to have more than one, it’s also probably a necessity as each has its own unique features. Quite simply, not one vendor has the perfect answer to absolutely everything. If that were the case, there would be no competition!

Organisations are not limited to only a single cloud network providers solution option. Furthermore, they’re not merely able to access valuable cloud resources via the Internet. We advocate a combination of solutions to form a resilient, high-speed, high-availability, hybrid cloud network.

Cloud providers understand that you’ve made significant investment in your on-premise and data centre operations. They know that you’re probably not all that ready to rip everything out and move everything to the cloud. This is why there have been some major initiatives regarding optimising the way businesses connect privately into the public cloud.

AWS and Azure have dominated the cloud computing market for years but are now facing a challenge from Google.

The Cloud is a network of servers where each has a different function. Serviceteam IT has written a series of blogs surrounding the benefits and uptake of the cloud and in 2017 and 2018’s research reports. However, when you are choosing a cloud security provider, organisations will need to consider the level of data privacy and security at risk.

Provisioning connections between data centres and external services has always been a challenge. Which is why only 28% of organisations use a Cloud Connect model to services such as AWS and Azure. Now you can consolidate multiple cloud vendors into a single user interface, quickly and simply deploy multi-cloud environments. Interconnect the same as your cloud business model: available in minutes, no lock-in contracts, pay-as-you-go and change capacity on the fly.

The rate of cloud adoption has increased rapidly, with more and more computing being pushed into the cloud, a trend identified in Serviceteam IT’s Cloud Snapshot Survey 2017. This growth in cloud computing has led to the development of networks of large data centres. However, this is already starting to slow, with an ever-increasing amount of computing moving back to the ‘edge’ of local networks. Processing will always occur wherever it is best placed for a given application at a given time and cloud has given us flexibility of computing resources; but we can’t help but think that reliable, elastic and on-demand networking is imperative to deliver the future.

Cloud may be the heart of many companies’ infrastructure but it would be nothing without the veins of connectivity that keep the data flowing. The UK Cloud Snapshot Survey 2017 asked what cloud connection companies use to access their cloud solutions. This was split out from their normal office connectivity unless they relied on an open public cloud connection.