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Step by Step: How to Use the Multicloud Safely and Effectively

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure both offer a broad portfolio featuring numerous services. When the strengths of these two major public cloud providers are combined, this forms a “multicloud.”

Developers have long valued the benefits of the public cloud. Instead of waiting months for a request for a new service to undergo internal processing and provision, activation with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure can be done in an instant. The flexibility and speed of the public cloud are also well-known in the departments.

But the public cloud is not without its drawbacks. Take, for example, the huge abundance of products on offer: While it’s nice to have a service available for every possible application, it can be hard to choose the right one. The two competing cloud providers offer a diverse range of services that all work in a similar way, but sometimes a service from one provider is less expensive or more mature than the one from the other provider. A range of price comparison tools are available, but most of these are aimed at the US market and so of little use to German customers. Although Microsoft offers standard prices worldwide, the prices offered by Amazon can vary considerably from one region to the next, the upshot being that customers in Europe generally pay more than customers in America.


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If you adopt a genuine multicloud approach – that is, you choose from the best that AWS and Azure have to offer – you can save costs and give yourself greater peace of mind because you can spread the risks and use the services from the other provider if, for example, outages occur. This makes your disaster recovery strategy even more effective.

Proservia is both a registered AWS Consulting Partner and Microsoft Gold Partner. As an independent consultant, Proservia can help you to find the best offer.

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The secure cloud

The various public cloud providers already offer wide-ranging security solutions. AWS, for example, offers a range of security concepts with its own tools such as CloudTrail (monitors compliance and governance), Config (resource analysis), Trusted Advisor (provides advice on optimization), GuardDuty (detects threats), Security Hub (shows security warnings), IAM (identity and access management, access control), Inspector (security checking) and various additional tools. AWS is constantly expanding its security offering with the native AWS Tool Security Hub.

Microsoft Azure also attaches great importance to security. The Azure Security Center offers a comprehensive range of threat mitigation solutions.

That said, it is advisable to deploy additional security to protect your devices, network, virtual server landscapes and their public cloud environments.

The technologies developed by the Japanese security specialist Trend Micro, for example, offer standardized and, in turn, seamless security orchestration for the public cloud. Trend Micro Deep Security safeguards application development for AWS and Azure and enables host-based security functions and optimized compliance in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This means that hybrid infrastructures can be operated and implemented without any problems. Your data is protected end to end, regardless of where it is stored or the device. Trend Micro specializes in data that is “in transit” – in other words, being transferred from the IT center to the cloud and back again. The Trend Micro solutions offer a holistic perspective and detect and eliminate threats and weaknesses.


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