Platforms for managing multiple public clouds are still evolving and, as with every evolution process, some platforms achieve more than others. So, how do you go about choosing the right multicloud management platform for your business?
What is a multicloud platform?
Strictly speaking, a multicloud platform is an integrated solution that provides for the management of more than one cloud. In order to distinguish between platforms suitable for hybrid environments (an environment consisting of both a public and a private cloud), the term “multicloud platform” is generally understood to relate to platforms suitable for businesses running multiple public clouds—although some multicloud platforms are capable of managing both hybrid and multicloud environments.
The top objectives of a multicloud management platform are the same as a platform suitable for managing a single cloud and include things like (1) cost management, (2) security and compliance, and (3) automation and governance. The difference between managing a single cloud and two or more clouds is that, in order for the management to be effective, you need total visibility of your cloud accounts across a single-view dashboard. This is what you get with a multicloud platform.
Choosing the right multicloud management platform
When it comes to choosing the right multicloud management platform for your business, the primary consideration should be whether or not the platform will achieve the three objectives in the context of how your business uses the cloud. For example, if your development teams deploy containers in any of your public clouds, you will need a multicloud platform that collects and analyses role-centric data rather than host-centric data.
Similarly, if you have little experience in managing multiple clouds, does the multicloud management platform vendor have a Professional Services Team that can perform an analysis on your existing infrastructure and talk you through where improvements can be made? A service such as this can rapidly accelerate the speed at which you are able to configure the platform to meet your specific objectives. Other considerations to take into account include:
- How does the platform handle different behaviors between different cloud providers? In many cases, a simple API translation tool is inadequate. Cloud services behave differently, and you may need a multicloud platform with application interoperability depending on which cloud service providers you use.
- Does the platform support the full resource lifecycle? Resources have plenty of “life events”—code updates, instance reconfigurations, vulnerability patches, etc. If, for example, a new generation instance is released which is less expensive and better performing than the original instance, you need to be made aware of it.
- How versatile are the reporting tools? There is no one-size-fits-all report, so the best solution for evaluating usage, analyzing performance, identifying security issues, and ensuring costs remain within budget is fully customizable reporting tools. Naturally, in order to produce the reports you need, the platform must be able to collect data at a granular level.
- Is the multicloud management platform future-proofed? As platforms for managing multiple public clouds are still evolving, so are the clouds themselves. Just look at the adoption of containerization and Function-as-a-Service as evidence. Innovation in the cloud moves quickly, and you need to be sure your business is not left behind by choosing a multicloud management platform built for the present, that all but ignores the future.
We’re experts in multicloud management and, whether you are considering a move to a multicloud environment (or have already moved), we can help you develop a multicloud management strategy to help your business reach cloud maturity.