I am happy to announce that I am a co-author of the book titled, “Multi-Cloud for Architects: Grow your IT business by means of a multi-cloud strategy” by Packt Publications. Florian Klaffenbach and Markus Klein are the other co-authors of this book.
I was talking to my friend Bala, who works for a firm which deals with multi cloud. I told him about this book. His immediate reaction was, “Multi cloud is how things are going. Our company is fully into multi cloud now. We help people to migrate to AWS as well as Azure and we maintain infrastructure on both these cloud platforms”. Another close friend of mine, Ramesh N R, who works for a Cloud security firm told me as to how they take infrastructure from both Google Cloud and AWS.
If you look at it carefully, you will see that this trend will continue and is here to stay. This is due to various factors. One of them is that the Cloud is now a highly competitive area and each of the providers wants to out do the other and ensure they get more market share. Towards this end you have each of these providers giving you lot of things free. A very cost conscious company would like to ensure they can use such offers and reduce their costs. This leads to multi cloud in many companies.
Secondly, the number of offerings that are given by each vendor is growing almost on a daily basis. You may find that a particular cloud provider is offering a better service on say, Big Data or AI, than another vendor. Whereas a service like PaaS may be better with a different vendor. For sake of efficiency and ensuring better productivity, you may end up choosing different services from different vendors. This again leads to a multi cloud strategy.
Another reason why we will see multi cloud strategy is because many companies are vary of lock in. They may believe in Cloud technology, they may believe that one particular vendor is the best of the lot. Yet, to throw millions of dollars on one particular provider, without de-risking, is something many senior managers would hate to do. So as a part of risk mitigation strategy, you would see multi-cloud in many Enterprises.
Sometimes multi-cloud may happen due to current relationships as well. Let us say you are an IBM shop and IBM wants you to migrate to IBM Cloud. At the same time your team has found that another Cloud service provider offers certain services which suit your team better. In such cases, companies would end up using the Cloud of their long time partners as well as other Cloud providers.
Whatever be the case, multi-cloud as a strategy is gaining importance. So it is essential for all architects and others like system admins, DevOps engineers to have a more holistic idea of Cloud service providers and not stick to only one Cloud service provider.
This book, which I have co-authored, addresses the Multi-Cloud and how it can be leveraged. The contents of the book will tell you that the focus is mainly on AWS and Azure. You will also learn about OpenStack offerings. The book focuses on one very important aspect when dealing with multi cloud, i.e., interconnects. It has a chapter on how to interconnect different cloud solutions. I am sure this book will be of great use to architects and others who want to learn about Multi Cloud.
The book is available both in physical as well as in e-book (Kindle) form. The links to buy the book:
In India: Multi-Cloud for Architects
In US and other countries: Multi-Cloud for Architects
Once you buy and read the book, would request you to leave a comment in Amazon. That would be of great help.