A guide to securing application consistency in multi-cloud environments

Cloud Tech | April 18, 2019

Cloud computing. It is like a well-trodden path when it comes to talking about digitalisation. Multi-cloud is another term that has crossed many lips, and something that we are still getting to know now, as efforts continue to ramp up to meet the demand of the digital era. For organisations, the demand to adapt and move with the times is apparent. But the demand for organisations to transform digitally is even more pressing. The whole ecosystem of growth, progression and delivering on the expectations of the end user rests in the delivery of cutting-edge, end-to-end managed IT services. It is the kind of transformational change that is driving organisations to seek consistency across multiple environments. The availability of multiple platforms means organisations can be spoilt-for-choice, and when they have picked and deployed a wide variety of applications that are subject to shifts and changes, they can lack overall control, support and visibility. And, with the story of multi-cloud barely on the first chapter, there is more still to come and more to be done to ensure support for present and future digital transformation needs.

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In the Cloud, infrastructure, software, platforms or processes are provided by external IT services. Cloud computing comes in three forms: public clouds, private clouds, and hybrids clouds. Depending on the type of data you're working with, you'll want to compare public, private, and hybrid clouds in terms of the different levels of security and management required. A public cloud is basically the internet.


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StratCap Acquires Over $150 Million in Digital Infrastructure Assets

StratCap | July 12, 2022

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DevCycle and Macrometa Announce Infrastructure Partnership Streamlining Feature Flagging in Serverless Environments

DevCycle | September 13, 2022

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Clever Cloud Selects French Kalray for Its High-performance Storage Solutions to Optimize Its New Data Center

Clever Cloud | July 06, 2022

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EY | August 17, 2022

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In the Cloud, infrastructure, software, platforms or processes are provided by external IT services. Cloud computing comes in three forms: public clouds, private clouds, and hybrids clouds. Depending on the type of data you're working with, you'll want to compare public, private, and hybrid clouds in terms of the different levels of security and management required. A public cloud is basically the internet.

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