It’s never been easier for a new product to go from unknown to a global phenomenon - ClubHouse, anyone? - forcing engineering teams to need to build a scalable infrastructure from day one without having to readapt the whole architecture at every stage of growth. With Docker and Kubernetes as key technologies, containers play a significant role in responding to scalability, flexibility and adaptability needs of companies.
The arrival of containerization and microservices for cloud-native applications unlocks the flexible portability needed to move easily from one cloud environment to another, driving enterprises to consider a hybrid or multi cloud.
With the release of Kubernetes Kosmos to General Availability, Scaleway wants to support companies on the right way to adopt a multi-cloud strategy.
Multi cloud, the next challenge
Hybrid cloud vs multi cloud
Many companies are proud to say they use multi-cloud infrastructures. But the reality is different. Indeed, they use a combination of at least one private cloud and one public cloud. This infrastructure represents a very narrow multi-cloud use case, often called a “hybrid” cloud infrastructure.
Multi cloud is a broader term and encompasses different use cases. An infrastructure can be said to be multi-cloud when it effectively combines:
- different types of infrastructures (virtual machines, baremetal, etc.)
- different providers (may or may not include an on-premise private cloud)
- and different modes of payment (by the minute, hour, day, month, year)
While most cloud providers are looking to trap their customers in a hybrid cloud model where they are locked into one cloud provider, and their on-premise infrastructure, Scaleway’s vision and promise are to facilitate a transition to a true multi-cloud strategy. With Kubernetes Kosmos, startups and developers can control nodes from any machine from our unified managed Control Plane.
The advantages of the multi cloud
Critics of the multi cloud will have you believe that the network effects of staying with a single cloud provider far outweigh the benefits of a multi-cloud approach; however, we’ve seen time and time again how, no matter how large, a single cloud provider can never be 100% reliable - Facebook’s recent six-hour shortage underlines just how delicate the most redundant cloud can be. This desire for a multi-cloud level of redundancy has led many businesses to embrace the multi-cloud.
Other large enterprises in the banking and telecom industry have been early adopters of the multi cloud because of a desire to avoid single-provider dependency. Similar to how Uber divested from Twilio as their SMS provider in order to regain control over pricing, many businesses are discovering that, as long as you don’t have 100% of your infrastructure under one provider’s roof, you have a lot more negotiating power.
Fast-moving startups have found that not all providers provide the same infrastructure. AI/ML startups looking for the latest GPU combined with the global semiconductor shortage have found that they will go wherever the chips are, and are stitching together clouds out of a necessity to move faster.
Other startups have sought out the multi cloud as a solution to increasingly regionalized & nationalized customer data requirements. Local startups are increasingly differentiating from their foreign competitors with sovereignty as a core argument, and a multi-cloud infrastructure is the only way to reassure customers of your ability to respect their privacy requirements.
Kubernetes Kosmos, your partner to adopt a multi-cloud strategy
At Scaleway, we believe that the multi cloud is a way to face the upcoming market challenges, we have developed the first multi-cloud managed Kubernetes engine, named Kubernetes Kosmos. It allows you to attach an instance or dedicated server from any cloud provider to Scaleway’s Kubernetes Kapsule Control Plane.
With Kubernetes Kosmos, you can:
- deploy cross-provider clusters
- attach nodes to any cloud provider
- benefit from scalability and stability between providers
- benefit from a fully managed and redundant control plane
Because innovation comes from many, we are proud to offer a solution that allows multiple cloud providers to work together, because alone, we go faster, but together, we go further.