What is a cloud-agnostic platform?
Cloud-agnostic platforms are environments that are capable of operating with any public cloud provider with minimal disruptions to a business. Businesses that employ a cloud-agnostic strategy are able to efficiently scale their use of cloud services and take advantage of different features and price structures.
What’s the difference between cloud-native and cloud-agnostic?
Applications and services built in a cloud environment are called “cloud-native” because they were designed to run using the tools and capabilities of a cloud environment. “Cloud-agnostic” platforms are able to fluidly migrate applications from one cloud platform to another (and do so with little disruption to performance).
It’s important to note that the terms cloud-native and cloud-agnostic are not mutually exclusive. Cloud-native describes where the software is designed to run, and cloud-agnostic describes the capacity for an organization to use different cloud providers instead of a single provider. The term cloud-native can often be confused with platforms that are tied to a single cloud provider, but that is incorrect as cloud-native software can be cloud-agnostic, too.
Why use a cloud-agnostic platform?
Cloud services allow businesses to access high-performance IT resources when needed without having to maintain the infrastructure necessary to manage those resources. A cloud-agnostic strategy frees you from having to rely on a single cloud provider, allowing you to take advantage of customization options available in a multi-cloud environment.
A cloud-agnostic architecture allows your organization to more efficiently manage cloud resources and costs. You have more options for application and service customization and can reduce risk. Other benefits include:
Avoid vendor lock-in
A cloud-agnostic strategy helps you avoid being locked into a single cloud services provider. Vendor lock-in can be a problem if the vendor changes product offerings or discontinues service. It can also be a problem if a vendor drastically raises prices or goes out of business. Using a cloud-agnostic strategy, you are free to seamlessly move to other cloud providers as your needs dictate.
A cloud-agnostic strategy allows you to take advantage of customization. You can select the best features that different cloud platforms offer, depending upon your requirements.
When you adopt a cloud-agnostic strategy, you can also help reduce risks specific to managing cloud providers. For example, if a cloud provider has an outage or a security event, you can switch to another cloud service provider, thus enhancing risk control.
Key to a cloud-agnostic strategy is securing the data wherever it lives. With a cloud-agnostic platform, you can maximize security by developing systems or applications that use the best practices for the cloud services provider you choose.