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Get to know multi-cloud storage challenges and advantages

The use of multiple clouds is taking off in the enterprise. A recent Gartner survey of public cloud users found 81% of respondents were working with two or more providers. And recent research from the Enterprise Strategy Group revealed an increasing number of organizations putting production applications in the public cloud, compared with a few years ago when most used it only for backups and archives.

The ramifications of these changes for multi-cloud data storage are huge. Using multiple clouds for storage has several advantages, including flexibility, reliability, lower costs and better security. But along with all the benefits come significant challenges.

Our by-the-numbers handbook to multi-cloud data storage outlines benefits, challenges, features and best practices. Learn how to deal with six of the most daunting challenges tied to multi-cloud storage. In particular, the story looks at what you must do to ensure the safety of your organization's cloud data storage, maximize performance, keep costs under control and ensure adequate staffing.

We then examine seven must-have features to vet when evaluating cloud platforms for a multi-cloud strategy -- everything from integration advantages to workflow management to cost controls. Finally, we offer eight ways to maximize the performance aspects of a multi-cloud data storage strategy.

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