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Learning to Navigate Multi-Cloud at ESCAPE/19 and ONUG

Experts at a pair of conferences in New York shared insight on how to address challenges and leverage advantages of multi-cloud.
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ESCAPE/19: Navigating the Definitions of Multi-Cloud

Armon Dadgar, CTO, HashiCorp Image: Joao-Pierre S. Ruth
Armon Dadgar, CTO, HashiCorp

Image: Joao-Pierre S. Ruth

Figuring out what multi-cloud actually means can be unclear because of the different ways the term is applied, said Armon Dadgar, CTO of HashiCorp, a provider of infrastructure management tools for developers and security pros. Many of the largest organizations maintain most of their infrastructure on-prem, he said, and might take baby steps such as adopting a single cloud provider for a controlled portion of their operations and then deem that “multi-cloud.”

Dadgar said he believes such companies will eventually open up to more services as they do business, whether by intent or circumstance. “Through mergers and acquisitions, if they buy a company that is in a different cloud and now they are multi-cloud by accident,” he said. “At a certain scale, there is enough M&A activity taking place that it’s impossible that every company you buy made the exact same infrastructure choices you have.”

Increased portability of data and workflow can be a key benefit of the cloud, Dadgar said, but consideration must be given to how various elements will interact. A new implementation might break an application, for instance. The needs of flexibility might conflict with reliability and vice versa. “Workflow portability does not necessarily require or imply data portability,” Dadger said. “These two can be very distinct.”

Joao-Pierre S. Ruth has spent his career immersed in business and technology journalism first covering local industries in New Jersey, later as the New York editor for Xconomy delving into the city's tech startup community, and then as a freelancer for such outlets as ... View Full Bio

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