Get Ready for a Multicloud Future

Get Ready for a Multicloud Future


According to Gartner, hybrid cloud computing will be the prevalent cloud deployment model for the vast majority of large companies by 2015. Hybrid clouds depend on reliable, fast and secure connections between corporate networks and public and/or externally hosted cloud services. Because connectivity is critical to hybrid clouds, many companies have found it easier to establish data centers where the clouds are than to run leased lines to distant cloud providers.

This approach of moving where the clouds are, works well not only for hybrid clouds but also for multiclouds. Multiclouds, as explained in an earlier Interconnections post, connects multiple clouds together into a unified service environment. What’s a simple multicloud example? Companies running applications on both AWS and Microsoft Azure could tie the two services together for data backup and recovery.

While the early talk about multicloud has been about creating redundancy for fault tolerance, the true benefits of the multicloud are about flexibility, freedom and fit. The multicloud allows businesses to choose the best cloud platforms for particular workloads and applications, and then weave the different platforms together to exchange data and provide a unified set of services. This enables companies to dynamically allocate whatever computing capacity they need for whatever IT tasks need doing at that moment.

It’s a major advance that will exponentially increase the speed, efficiency and scale of cloud computing. The cloud is already huge, but the multicloud will make it even bigger. How big? The research firm IHS Technology estimates that global spending for cloud-related infrastructure and service will hit $235 billion by 2017, triple what it was in 2011. Companies everywhere are preparing to claim their share of that business, and some industry leaders have recently made massive commitments to the cloud’s future.

IBM announced in January that it would spend $1.2 billion to expand its global cloud footprint, including by opening 15 new cloud centers this year alone.

Cisco said in March that it would spend $1 billion over two years to build its cloud business. Cisco is building an intercloud platform, which it believes will be critical to enabling the emerging Internet of Everything – also called the Internet of Things – which will transform the Internet by connecting it to information transmitted from billions of physical objects.

As cloud computing evolves, and the multicloud becomes more about the present than the future, we think the multiclouds that develop inside Equinix data centers will be a step above.

To understand why, consider our massive global platform of 100 data centers, 450 cloud providers, 975 networks and 4,500 customers. There won’t be a better home for the multicloud than Equinix because everyone you need to connect to is probably already here. Equinix offers the broadest choice in the data center industry of communications networks, cloud providers and potential customers and partners all in one place. We’re also the only data center platform where companies can connect to both AWS and Microsoft Azure, two of the top public clouds today.

The multicloud is the next phase of cloud evolution. And it’s a good bet that Platform Equinix will be the best place to build one.