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Orchestration tools are powerful and they give organizations lots of flexibility in how they deploy multicloud architectures. But you need to know how to correctly take advantage of them. One chal‐ lenge that organizations face (especially organizations new to multi‐ cloud architecture) is learning the full capabilities of the orchestration tools. A second is ceding too much control to automa‐ tion. For these reasons, it often takes time to fully understand the capabilities and make the most of features available in orchestration tools. Building Container Infrastructure in Multiple Cloud Environments Even though containers are highly portable, making them perfect for multicloud deployments, there are limitations to their portabil‐ ity. It's important to keep this fact in mind when planning a multi‐ cloud architecture. Given the complex nature of multicloud deployments, there are sev‐ eral steps that need to go into the planning process. The most important thing to do is to document everything. That documenta‐ tion is going to be critical for others in the organization to reference. It will also come in handy three years from now when you go back and try to remember why certain decisions were made. Good docu‐ mentation makes it easier for developers, IT staff, security teams, and management to work together from a common set of criteria. It also ensures that everyone understands the capabilities and objec‐ tives of the multicloud deployment project. Next, you need to decide on a container engine. Most developers use Linux as the engine on which to run their containers. But there are some container services that run on Windows services (most nota‐ bly, Microsoft's Azure). Whichever platform you decide to run on, it's important to make sure that all cloud providers you plan on using support it. You will also need to choose a management or orchestration tool. Make sure tool works with the cloud providers you're using, and that it is flexible enough to support expected growth. Make sure it has support for HA and redundancy because you don't want your orchestration tool to unexpectedly crash. Building Container Infrastructure in Multiple Cloud Environments | 21

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