Posted in Articles on Wednesday, June 12, 2019
by Richard Vester - Group Executive, EOH Cloud Services Division
90% of organisations use some form of cloud service, and most companies use more than one. However, many businesses can’t operate 100% in the cloud. Between traditional applications that can’t be moved from the data centre and regulatory compliance, security, performance, and cost concerns, it’s often not realistic. This has led to the rise of what has been called multi-cloud, which offers a stable experience based on frictionless consumption, self-service, automation, and infrastructure independence.
However, this new cloud reality has also introduced complications that many enterprises are not prepared for and may not have the capability to deal with. As a result, too many organisations are not able to access the full benefits offered by multi-cloud. In addition, many organisations are limiting their deployments of additional cloud services in an effort to maintain better control of what they currently have.
There’s no need to set limits
Multiplying cloud environments does not have to mean multiplying what’s required to effectively run those environments. That’s true both for internal teams and external resources.
Logic may dictate that the higher the number of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions leveraged, the higher the number of in-house technology skills that must be developed and maintained, and the greater the vendor management burden. However, a partner that can offer the skills and capabilities to simplify multi-cloud management can enable the organisation to gain the full benefits of existing and future investments. A solution provider of this nature will not only help plan and evaluate the multi-cloud strategy of a company, but can take over a part of the responsibility for operating, orchestrating, and optimising all of the company’s infrastructure.
Change is a challenge
Companies can’t benefit from multi-cloud if IT has to vet every new service. However, in an attempt to assure compliance, the company can equally become become locked into proprietary approaches or costly compute models that leave it unable to meet the demand for innovation speedily.
Organisations therefore need an agile policy to enable users to capitalise on new features. Such a policy makes new services available immediately, while employing real-time discovery mechanisms and guard rails to understand which services people are consuming, as well as where, when, and how they are using them.
Talent, proven tools, and comprehensive services must work together to deliver on any long-term cloud strategy. There also needs to be a focus on where and how these add value, and that means making provision for special needs, which can create further complexity.
Each cloud platform comes with different pros and cons and the right multi-cloud strategy can help enterprises plan their technology investments or refreshes in sync with evolving business goals.
With the help of cloud management platforms and proprietary tools, solution providers like EOH help enterprises effectively manage a multi-cloud environment. They consolidate non-linear, non-coherent, and non-aggregated cloud services into single console and enable data sharing across multiple cloud platforms, without compromising on integrity.
Contact us now and let us assist your business with its cloud strategy.