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Navigating the Skies: Multi-Cloud Database and Data Management

Bakul Banthia
Bakul Banthia
December 13, 2023
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In the ever-evolving world of cloud computing, multi-cloud strategies have become increasingly popular among enterprises. These strategies involve utilizing a combination of cloud environments and providers to harness specialized capabilities and optimized pricing. However, the complexity of managing a heterogeneous mix of proprietary platforms, services, and interfaces can create chaos in your data management. To bring order to the multi-cloud chaos, many businesses are exploring a concept known as "super cloud" or "sky computing." In this blog, we will explore the world of multi-cloud data management and how super cloud and sky computing are emerging as solutions to tame the multi-cloud beast.

The Challenge of Multi-Cloud Data Management

In today's landscape, the vast majority of enterprises find themselves operating within a multi-cloud environment. According to industry reports, up to 85% of businesses are using two or more cloud platforms, and 25% are utilizing at least five. This trend is unlikely to change anytime soon because businesses want the flexibility to use the best tools for the job, regardless of the cloud in which they reside. This approach allows them to avoid vendor lock-in and potentially negotiate better terms for services.

However, many organizations have found themselves in a multi-cloud environment unintentionally. They've added new services ad hoc without a comprehensive strategy, leading to challenges related to redundancy and security. Complexities emerge from managing multiple security configurations and data repositories, which hinder the potential cost savings and operational efficiencies that cloud adoption promises. Issues like paying for redundant services, security vulnerabilities, and difficulties in managing this complex environment have become commonplace.

Enter the Super Cloud and Sky Computing

Forward-thinking business leaders are not content with the confusion created by multi-cloud and the expanding technology footprint. Instead, they are looking for ways to leverage the operational advantages of managing multiple cloud instances while addressing the complexities. This is where the concepts of "super cloud" and "sky computing" come into play.

Super Cloud involves creating a compatibility layer that provides access to common services like storage, computing, AI, data, security, operations, governance, and application development and deployment. This compatibility layer logically sits above your various cloud platforms and leverages their native technical standards through APIs. The result is that your applications can still benefit from the robust security of each cloud provider, but in a consistent manner with centralized control. Super Cloud does this through a common interface, giving administrators centralized control over their multiple cloud instances.

Sky Computing is another term used to describe this concept. It essentially achieves the same goals by providing an abstraction layer that allows for more straightforward management of multi-cloud environments.

Benefits of Super Cloud and Sky Computing

  1. Simplified Workforce: With an additional layer of abstraction and automation between various cloud platforms, your workforce doesn't need to be highly specialized. Cloud developers can develop more general skills, making your team more versatile.
  2. Enhanced Security: Each cloud platform usually has robust security standards. However, problems arise when you mix and match these platforms. Super Cloud or Sky Computing can eliminate this problem by allowing developers to configure one security standard from the compatibility layer, which is executed consistently across each cloud platform through its native interface.
  3. Cost Reduction: By eliminating redundant cloud services and simplifying data management, you can reduce security exposure, enhance user privacy, and lower costs. Teams may become less specialized, allowing them to tackle a broader range of issues more efficiently.

Challenges of Super Cloud and Sky Computing

These concepts aren't without challenges:

  1. Complexity: Building a widely usable compatibility layer can be technically challenging, and not many vendors offer it as a service. Development teams may need to take the lead in building connections and the ultimate interface.
  2. Market Support: There are questions about whether the market will fully support a widely usable compatibility layer, as it may lead to the commoditization of cloud providers.
  3. Interim Solution: History suggests that super cloud and sky computing may only be interim solutions. Over time, efforts to control complexity often result in consolidation, centralization, standardization, and rationalization rather than through middleware or orchestration engines.

The Future of Multi-Cloud Data Management

While multi-cloud data management may seem like a tangled web, it's the world we live in, and it's here to stay. Forward-thinking business and technology leaders should look for ways to reduce complexity and eliminate security and redundancy issues created by maintaining multiple cloud instances. Super cloud and sky computing are emerging as valuable tools in this journey, and they represent the industry's response to the multi-cloud challenge. As technology continues to evolve, so will the strategies for effectively managing multi-cloud environments. Stay tuned, as the future promises even more innovative solutions to tame the multi-cloud chaos.

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