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A multi-cloud approach is a combination of different cloud services supplied by more than one cloud provider. These cloud providers could be public clouds like AWS, Azure, or Google as well as private clouds built on VMware.

Enterprises look to multi-cloud strategies to improve business resilience, access the leading capabilities regardless of vendor, and to eliminate cloud vendor lock-in. 



When developing a multi-cloud strategy, companies should consider: 

  • Cloud Capabilities - Is one cloud superior at meeting the needs of your apps and developers, or do you require services from many providers? 
  • Geographic Availability - Do you require multiple providers to comply with data sovereignty regulations? Is your data in close enough proximity to deliver low-latency high-speed connectivity to public clouds? 
  • Ability to scale Storage - Can you scale storage independently of cloud compute and network resources? Can your data be accessed by multiple clouds simultaneously? Is your data available when a compute instance or a container is deleted? 
  • Egress fees - Public clouds charge fees to get your data back out, which can lead to surprise bills and stranded data? 
  • Management Overhead - Can your staff use consistent tooling on-prem and across clouds to minimize management overhead?


Multi-cloud network architectures are the new normal for the world’s leading organizations. In 2020, 35% of enterprises are using four or more public clouds, and many continue to experiment with additional cloud vendors whose services they may wish to use in the future.

As the adoption rate of multi-cloud nears 100%, the next major frontier for the most innovative businesses is multi-cloud management.

Multi-cloud management can be described as workload management between public, private, and on-premise IT infrastructure. From a business standpoint, effective multi-cloud management promises to:

  • Help businesses drive down costs and leverage the cost-saving potential of multi-cloud deployments
  • Provision services more quickly to the business when required
  • Accurately organize, prioritize, and distribute application workloads to meet business objectives
  • Anticipate service degradations earlier and avoid service interruptions with coordinated failover
  • Reduce costs by eliminating or downsizing under-utilized VMs
  • Use reserve instances where possible and effective to save on costs

Enterprise organizations will need an effective multi-cloud management strategy to get the most out of their investments in multi-cloud, but many may still be steps away.

“Multicloud is no longer a matter of ‘if’ — it’s a matter of ‘when.’ Multicloud computing lowers the risk of cloud provider lock-in, and can provide service resiliency and migration opportunities, in addition to the core cloud benefits of agility, scalability, and elasticity.”

- Santhosh Rao, Sr Director Analyst at Gartner


Defy Data Gravity
Cloud services like Business Intelligence, AI, and Machine Learning have moved into software-as-a-service (SaaS) or platform-as-a-service (PaaS) consumption models. Sharing a common datastore between clouds unlocks innovations from every cloud while eliminating data gravity concerns and avoiding storing multiple (possibly out-of-sync) copies of the same data.
Avoid Vendor Lock-In
Don’t miss out on the hundreds of new, unique features added each month across the major cloud providers. Investing in a single platform strategy may leave future opportunities out of reach. As data grows behind your applications, the egress cost, migration risk, and time required to move to a different vendor becomes infeasible.

Risk Mitigation
Cyberthreats can quickly overwhelm a single platform. Because cloud providers report outages differently, determining the platform with the least downtime is not straightforward. Distributing your cloud strategy across multiple providers reduces your exposure to a single point of failure.

Regulatory Compliance
Requirements such as GDPR and data sovereignty may require data in close proximity to geographic locations, meaning a private cloud or a public cloud with specific regional availability may be your only option. A multi-cloud approach provides you with flexibility to adopt these local solutions to fulfill obligations while leveraging your preferred cloud in other geographies.
Performance Optimization
Choose the right cost and performance combinations for each of your workload types. Get the best price by combining Azure’s low-priority VMs, AWS spot instances, and preemptible VMs from Google Cloud for your fault-tolerant and short-lived workloads. At the same time, use reserved instances, GCP sole-tenant nodes, and other cloud VM types to meet specific workload needs.
Innovation Power
Leveraging a multi-cloud approach allows you to use the best-in-class services from more than one hyperscale cloud provider at a time. No single public cloud can provide the best option for every situation and every workload, but combining the capabilities of clouds maximizes your business outcomes.



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  • AWS
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • Azure
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Private Cloud(s)




Architecture Notes

  • Faction Cloud Control Volumes are deployed in data centers in close proximity to cloud(s)
  • Traffic traverses the network between Faction Cloud Control Volumes and the public cloud of choice over an ultra-low-latency, proprietary and patented Layer 2 technology.


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How Can Faction Help?

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