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Multiple Data Centers as a Multi-Cloud Strategy

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According to the State of The Cloud Report by RightScale, Inc. (2015), 82% of enterprise businesses are employing multi-cloud strategies.  There are number of reasons companies may choose to use multiple clouds, but one of the primary benefits of the strategy is that the use of two or more cloud services can minimize the risk of widespread data loss or downtime due to a localized component failure in a cloud environment.

However, using more than one cloud doesn’t require working with multiple vendors — especially if you work with a cloud services provider (CSP) that can offer the benefits of a multi-cloud strategy in a single solution.

The Cloud Diversity Approach

At Peak 10, when a customer wants the benefits of a multi-cloud strategy without sacrificing high-availability and uptime, we employ an approach we refer to as “cloud diversity.”  It offers the benefits of a multi-cloud strategy without the hassles involved with using multiple vendors, such as having to deal with two sets of bills, contracts, contacts; and simply trying to integrate and manage multiple cloud environments.

The Benefits of Cloud Diversity

With cloud diversity, a customer can identify and designate multiple Peak 10 data centers to house portions of his or her company’s production environment. Peak 10 currently operates 26 enterprise-class data centers throughout the U.S., with multiple cloud environments.

This strategy allows for:

  • Diversifying risk to the production environment.
  • Testing change management and product upgrades without exposing the entire environment.
  • Improving latency by situating applications closer to end users.
  • Satisfying geographic compliance requirements.
  • Situating data in proximity to multiple company field offices or customer hubs.

Peak 10’s cloud diversity solution also offers the benefits of housing the production environment within a system designed specifically to accommodate enterprise workloads. In addition, on-site engineers are available 24/7/365 in the event of an emergency.  Peak 10 also ensures that customers have the high-speed connectivity and robust infrastructure necessary to accommodate their daily business needs.

Conclusion

For many companies, a multi-cloud strategy offers greater flexibility and meets more specific needs than the use of a single cloud model can. As stated earlier, it can take cloud redundancy to the next level ensuring against data loss and downtime. However, a multi-cloud strategy comes with its own challenges. Peak 10’s cloud diversity approach offers an alternative, combining the advantages of a multi-cloud strategy with those of a single-source vendor.

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About Peak 10

"Our values are the foundation for everything we do at Peak 10, and are ultimately what enable us to earn our customers' business and their trust."
David H. Jones,
Board Member, Peak 10 + ViaWest