The threat of vendor lock-ins and M&As are among the top reasons that are pushing contemporary businesses to multi-cloud strategies, according to Brian Johnson, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of cloud management platform DivvyCloud. Opting for numerous public cloud service providers instead of a single large vendor such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, or Amazon Web Services is becoming an increasingly attractive option for enterprises and the industry shift that's currently underway is unlikely to stop, Mr. Johnson said in a statement.
Multiple analysts already suggested companies are now rapidly adopting both infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service solutions, with the anonymized data collected from DivvyCloud's customers indicating as much, revealing 95-percent of them are already running their technologies in multiple clouds, whereas three out of four are also using more than one public cloud. Mr. Johnson believes the company's internal figures can be extrapolated and reflect industry-wide trends by virtue of the fact that most of DivvyCloud's clients are "digital leaders." Mergers and acquisitions are another important factor contributing to the current shift as companies are more likely to acquire new clouds during tie-ups, whereas decentralized IT as a whole is likely to enable developers to become more efficient going forward, according to the industry veteran. That state of affairs should also drive innovation while having the industry remain compliant with applicable legislation and maintain a high level of cybersecurity, Mr. Johnson suggested.
Opting for a multi-cloud strategy also provides enterprises with more leverage when it comes to negotiating prices with cloud companies and assurances that allow for protection against vendor lock-ins in cases when enterprises renting them infrastructure end up competing with their core business, the executive believes. Going forward, DivvyCloud expects to see even more large-scale adoption of cloud computing and multi-cloud architectures enabled by mobile 5G which will almost certainly skyrocket global traffic in a manner that will make cloud technologies indispensable due to their scalability. That trend should also popularize "a new breed of tools" such as DivvyCloud, Mr. Johnson believes. Ultimately, the IT industry must go through such a fundamental shift and embrace the idea that it's now "laying the railroad but not driving the train," Discovery Communications SVP Dave Duvall said in a statement.