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11/10/2014
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Multi-Cloud Deployments Build Resilience

GoGrid CEO and cloud pioneer John Keagy points out the benefits of deploying workloads to more than one cloud service.

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moarsauce123
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11/15/2014 | 7:59:15 AM
Multiple clouds yes, but...
...this also needs multiple independent means of Internet access. Fiber and satellite, maybe even cell connections are necessary. All that redundancy and load balancing in the cloud does nothing when you cannot get to the cloud. I wonder if with all that cloud is still a cost savings.
Charlie Babcock
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11/10/2014 | 4:33:46 PM
Multiple clouds: Will containers play a role?
You're right, Lorna. Multiple deployments can increase the IT management task. But I think containers contain part of the answer to that problem. Multiple clouds already recognize Docker containers; more will do so in the future. And that, while not a cure-all, eases how much IT needs to know about each cloud.
Lorna Garey
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11/10/2014 | 11:25:44 AM
Who does the work here?
A big part of the reason IT might pay Amazon or SoftLayer to host its backups is the fact that these providers are geographically diverse for load balancing and resilience, right?

I mean, yes, using open standard software, like Cassandra, and being able to move your workoads from provider to provider, is a great practice for IT -- where it can be done without significant extra manpower cost. But at some point, won't you negate the TCO benefit of using cloud by juggling multiple stacks?
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