Heterogeneous Cloud – Succeeding the Lock-In Strategy With Multiculturalism

When we talk about heterogeneity in cloud we particularly mean the cloud in which services are provided by different vendors either at same or at multiple levels. The service offered is of high quality as each vendor is specialized in his work and it is the collection of all those technical experts wrapped together in heterogeneous cloud. You get Hypervisor by some other, infrastructure by another, software packages by yet another. The biggest advantage of heterogeneity is that it takes away the monopoly from a single hand, means you are not “locked in” to a single-vendor. You have no option if your vendor changed the pricing structure that certainly increased your overall cost. Combination of different vendors bypasses the lock-in strategy by accepting components from distinct vendors and allowing their use to a common strategy. Multicloud is yet another name for heterogeneous cloud and the terminology mainly depends upon the service providers and infrastructure. The only loophole that can be associated with heterogeneous cloud is that in case of any technical problem you have to talk to several technical persons for getting the problem resolved. However, this is still manageable if you have the right technical staff for your assistance. Glance at the Practical Insights Derived from Market Although SMBs are ready to accept the heterogeneous notion but MNCs tends to stick with the homogenous taste till now. Let us explain with examples how homogeneous and heterogeneous clouds work. In case of homogenous cloud, if there is a Microsoft shop then you will find only Microsoft’s product being used- like Skype for video chat, SharePoint for storage, Bing for search, windows as OS, Exchange for email and One Drive for productivity. Now when you move to a heterogeneous IT environment, you are not bound to use only the set of products offered by a single supplier. For instance, it is not imperative to use Skype for Business, you can use Google Hangouts when working in the Google Cloud. As deployment of apps is quite easy with the cloud technology they can use two apps for one purpose like Blue Jeans for video and Slack for chat. Big Brands Gradually Gaining Interest in Multi-cloud Most of the big brands and MNCs preferred a single cloud platform for better security and control. However, with the growing popularity of Multi-cloud even the big brands are shifting to a more heterogeneous cloud environment. As per industry statistics, big companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon are cunningly holding their customers hand while they are gradually switching all their services to cloud. Although these companies allow the enterprises to deploy heterogeneous cloud solutions, it’s a common scenario where you can see various companies deploying different PaaS &SaaS services in heterogeneous architecture. As predicted by Gartner Inc. (leading American marketing research and advisory firm) “By 2019, Heterogeneous Clouds will be an integral part of about 70% of all companies”. To decide which cloud model is best according to your company’s requirements, you can rely upon the services of INFINIT Consulting, a cloud solutions provider having almost a decade of experience in providing technology solutions to business problems.