Multitenancy is not just another cloud buzzword. Without the right tools, the problems stemming from multitenant environments can wreak havoc on your organization’s ability to move quickly and meet the demands of the business. If you are facing management issues related to multitenancy, it’s probably time to start evaluating cloud architecture options to help manage all these internal and external customers. The right multitenancy tools can offer your organization cost savings, flexibility, scalability, and security.
Your enterprise needs to meet the demands of new workloads, and also to make sure that there’s no impact on existing workloads. As a service provider to external or internal customers, you must ensure that your tenants have secure isolation and consistent levels of service.
To understand the complexities of multitenancy, think of the hotel analogy. Multiple people (tenants) stay at the hotel, sharing infrastructure such as plumbing, electricity, heating, amenities, and front-desk support. These tenants have their own living spaces separate from one another and can secure their own belongings. Offering secure cloud storage to multiple customers is similar; each customer expects to have their own secure resources.
Multitenant architectures are popular in cloud computing because they enable efficient use of resources while lowering costs through economies of scale. However, there are possible drawbacks in the areas of security, quality of service, and manageability.
NetApp® StorageGRID® is software-defined, on-premises object storage built specifically for secure multitenancy. The StorageGRID multitenancy functionality makes it simple to manage tenant data securely from within a single shared storage solution that is easy to manage and scale.
Jonathan is a Technical Marketing Engineer specializing in NetApp StorageGRID. His experience focuses on pre-sales, implementations, and performance testing. He has provided training to sales teams and partners, as well co-published many technical reports for StorageGRID. Prior to NetApp, he worked in the network and computer security space and holds a Computer Engineering degree.
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