Multi-cloud strategy key to mitigating regulatory risks

Cloud adoption could be a lot more efficient if businesses didn’t have to worry about compliance with various rules and regulations, new research suggests.

In a recent blog post, Nick Godfrey, Director in the Office of the CISO at Google Cloud, says the industry is focused on reducing vendor lock-in, concentration risk and over-reliance on third-party providers.

Together with market analysts IDC, the company analyzed how different organizations tackle the issue and came to the conclusion that a multi-cloud approach is an increasingly popular strategy.

A multi-cloud approach, in which organizations pick and choose cloud services from multiple cloud providers, helps “address commercial risks while providing more flexibility and choice,” says Godfrey.

Among the key findings, Google claims, is the fact that many businesses see open-source and technologies such as containers, APIs, and open-source databases, as “key enablers” of multi-cloud. Containers and container orchestration services are popular, as they allow organizations to build once and deploy across the multi-cloud. At least half of organizations today prefer to run their databases on a container platform. 

Multi-cloud has also become the preferred way to address regulatory concerns in the public sector.

Finally, as financial services increase their public cloud spend, a multi-cloud strategy allows them to address cloud concentration risk for critical financial technology, without sacrificing innovation.

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