5 Tests DANIEL had to pass to be Hybrid Multi-Cloud

We put our tech to the test in order to qualify as a true Hybrid Multi-Cloud platform. Read on to see what criteria our platform had to meet.

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In my previous article, "The Hybrid Multi-Cloud dream becomes a reality," I summarised our motivations for building a Hybrid Multi-Cloud platform. But I didn’t give our view on what Hybrid Multi-Cloud actually is, or what it isn’t. So here are 5 tests our platform had to pass before we could call it Hybrid Multi-Cloud.

The 5 Hybrid Multi-Cloud criteria our platform needed to meet

1. 100% Compatability

The platform needs to be 100% compatible with both “Hybrid” — which refers to traditional hardware-based or virtualised datacentres, combined with Cloud — and “Multi-Cloud” — which means two or more Cloud vendors. So, our system must be capable of running in parallel across both traditional datacentres and multiple Cloud vendors.

2. Agnostic application deployment

Applications or services running on a Hybrid Multi-Cloud platform, must be totally agnostic of how they are deployed, whether in a traditional datacentre or any specific Cloud vendor. In essence, ‘written once, deployed anywhere’, but acting as a single highly distributed system or collection of systems.

3. Horizontally-scaling platform

The platform acts as a single, horizontally-scaling, high-availability host, where user sessions and states are maintained across physical locations and datacentres + Cloud vendors. Even if a whole datacentre, Cloud region, or Cloud vendor is disrupted or goes offline, the system as a whole continues to process transactions seamlessly, and with little or no interruption.

4. No single point of failure

There are no single points of failure with any components, applications, services or systems; the whole stack can be deployed across every datacentre and Cloud vendor.

5. Data integrity

Platform-wide data integrity, consistency, and security is maintained at all times, while enforcing data sovereignty for local or regional regulation.

What it isn’t (and shouldn’t be confused with):

The much simpler ‘Multiple Cloud’ or 'Hybrid Cloud' is not the same thing, and by a long shot. Here, not all applications, systems or data are replicated across datacentres and Clouds, and they aren’t acting as a single system in an active-active configuration. Applications or systems tend to be deployed in physical datacentres or Cloud or split by their vertical tiers between datacentre and Cloud.

At DANIEL, we’ve found that traditional and even Cloud system architectures struggle to meet the criteria to be a true Hybrid Multi-Cloud system. So we’ve applied some new thinking to the problem, which has led to a few new patent applications. I’m sure those patents will be covered in future articles.

To find out more about our Hybrid Multi-Cloud solution, get in touch with our expert team.

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First published
November 15, 2022
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