Posted in Articles on Friday, August 31, 2018
by Richard Vester - Group Executive EOH Cloud Divsion
All clouds aren’t created equal. While there’s a commoditisation happening at the infrastructure layer, each cloud provider offers unique value.
With today’s many variations of cloud, it can be challenging to decide which services and providers are the best fit for a business. From taking your on premise computing capacity and turning that into your own private cloud, to providing developers with a cloud-like experience with the same resources you already have, or just making use of external computing resources, most companies are in the middle of a multi-cloud environment without having been aware that it was happening.
Crafting and executing a multi-cloud strategy isn’t easy. However, creating a consistent experience across clouds does not mean companies can’t consume the unique services of each cloud. In order to do it in a consistent way, they need a means to bridge the gaps between their hosted and public cloud services.
A partner to bridge the gap
From cloud and hybrid cloud, to hybrid multi-cloud, you’re told this is the way to ensure a digital future for your business. But how do you get a level of consistency across clouds?
Partnering with cloud providers who “get it” opens up the best of all worlds – using your existing environment and adding on the right elements in the cloud to improve your business. An effective multi-cloud strategy is going to require standardisation. If you use every cloud’s proprietary services—even for fairly standard things—you’re going to massively increase your cost and complexity. In fact, companies are paying an average of 36% more for cloud services than they actually need to, according to Business Insider.
Your job is enhancing your customer's experience and providing agile delivery of your services. A partner that can make use of the best of all clouds makes that easier and faster.
Business needs must come first
The critical success factor in navigating the many clouds a company uses is to be guided by business needs. Too often, organisations leverage more and more of the cloud-native features of their specific cloud platforms and find themselves with bloated environments.
If you already have full control of your on premise data centres, yet can't stop under-utilising and overpaying for resources, then how can you expect to prevent these costs from rolling over in to your cloud strategy?
Understanding that cost is not the obvious motivator, that not everything needs or should be put in the cloud, and managing your data effectively in the cloud is essential. By focusing on business needs, the right partner can provide just enough choice to avoid unnecessary constraints, while limiting the endless options that are available in today’s multi-cloud world.
Cloud isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. Bridging the gap between on-premise, hosted, and public cloud resources is the best way to achieve the value that cloud should be bringing to your business.