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Why a Multicloud Strategy Improves Data Storage in 2023

Picking the right cloud service provider is a little more complex than just swiping right on the offer that matches your ideal geography, storage capacities, and pricing preferences. In fact, for a growing number of businesses, settling down with just one cloud provider is NOT a winning strategy. That’s right; a multicloud strategy is actually the most responsible decision for your data storage in 2023. 

The logic is simple: working with multiple cloud service providers simultaneously increases flexibility, improves performance, and reduces costs. You get access to the unique strengths of each provider without the risk of vendor lock-in. And, you can balance workload distribution better, improve disaster recovery, and have stronger data sovereignty in an era of ever-tightening compliance requirements. 

How do you create and deploy an effective multicloud strategy?

1. Define your objectives and requirements.

Start by identifying the applications and workloads that you want to move to the cloud, as well as the specific needs and constraints of your business. This might include factors such as performance, security, compliance, and budget.

2. Choose your cloud providers.

Once you have defined your objectives and requirements, the next step is to select the cloud providers that best meet your needs. This might include public cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as private cloud providers and hybrid cloud solutions. Consider pricing, reliability, performance, and availability when making your selections.

3. Consider data management and security.

One of the key challenges of multicloud environments is managing all of your data across multiple clouds. Ensure your data is secure, accessible, and compliant with every relevant regulation. This will obviously involve adding the right data management tools to the solution, such as data encryption, data backup and recovery, and access controls. (More on how Panzura can help with that below!)

4. Plan for interoperability and integration.

When you’re working across multiple cloud providers, it's vital to ensure they are interoperable. You want them to integrate seamlessly with one another as much as possible. Tools like standardized APIs and cloud storage gateways can do a lot to facilitate this critical communication between various cloud providers.

5. Monitor and optimize performance.

Multicloud environments can be challenging to manage, particularly when it comes to performance. You’ll need to monitor your multicloud environments closely to ensure they meet performance objectives and address the areas needing improvement. This means you’ll need access to detailed analytics and the optimization toolset to make resource allocation changes in real time. 

How does Panzura make multicloud deployments easier?

Unified Global File System 

Panzura provides a unified global file system that enables you to collaborate on data across multiple cloud platforms as if you were accessing that data from a single location. Essentially, because our interface is your single source of truth from anywhere in the world, we eliminate the need for data replication and synchronization across your different cloud environments. We don’t replace your cloud providers; we just remove the hassle and complexity of working with them. 

Cloud-Native Architecture

We were born in the cloud. Therefore, we play nice with everyone else in the cloud, too. Whether you use Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, we integrate seamlessly. And, in the multicloud strategy, that likely means we’re helping you with all of the major players plus a private cloud. 

Data Management and Control

Our data control tools simplify your life. From immutable data protection to effortless disaster recovery and backup, our solutions are designed to make your data easier to access, protect, and use. We offer truly granular controls, detailed auditing capabilities, and a centralized data management console. Data governance becomes a natural extension of your business processes, like a lovely waltz, instead of a fight for control. 

CloudFS is the future of data storage.

Panzura makes enterprise business more productive by consolidating data from multiple locations into a single authoritative data source that’s deduplicated, compressed, and protected against ransomware. In effect, a multicloud strategy built around security and access. 

Because Panzura does the heavy lifting of dynamically coordinating where files are stored, what gets sent to which cloud, who has edit and access rights, which files are cached locally, how data performance is prioritized, and a few other critical odds and ends … you get to focus on figuring out how to use that data for innovation, growth, and profitability instead of worrying about where it’s stored. That’s a win for everyone!