What multicloud environments can often provide in agility over single-cloud environments, they can sometimes sacrifice in control. This doesn’t have to be the case if you use multicloud management software to ensure you have proper visibility and governance over your cloud environment.
Moving from a single-cloud environment to a multicloud or hybrid cloud environment requires just as much careful planning as when your organization first migrated from an on-premises infrastructure to the public cloud—but the rewards can be worth it with the right multicloud strategy.
The case for operating in a multicloud environment is a strong one. With the power of choice, your organization can increase its flexibility, reliability, and resiliency. It can respond to market changes quicker, perform better, and avoid the negative consequences of vendor lock-in.
Some enterprises hold back from multicloud—believing they may miss out on committed use discounts or increase their exposure to security threats. However, the most common reason for enterprises failing to benefit from the advantages of a multicloud environment is a lack of control.
The misunderstanding related to pricing discounts is that if you divide your resources between two cloud service providers, you won’t be able to take advantage of the maximum discount offered by just one of the providers.
Here’s why you should take that assumption and through it out the window. The first is that all leading cloud service providers offer their own form of compute and storage discounts, and some programs are more flexible than others. Enterprises will likely benefit from cherry-picking the most appropriate discount programs offered by each provider.
The second reason is that enterprises don’t have to divide their resources equally between providers. If, for example, an enterprise runs 70 percent of its AWS instances on Reserved Instances and 30 percent On Demand, it could benefit significantly by migrating the On Demand instances to Google Cloud, and leaving the remainder where they are (provided they pass the break-even point).
The reasons why enterprises misunderstand the security implications of a multicloud environment vary according to who you talk to. Most misunderstandings are based around poor visibility (when using cloud specific portals), and the amount of time it takes to aggregate data from different portals.
These misunderstandings are likely based on articles published prior to the emergence of multicloud management software, which provide total visibility and aggregated data to enable whoever is responsible to respond to security events just as quickly and effectively as on a single cloud.
A bigger concern is that some enterprises consider “multiple secure clouds” to be the same as “secure multicloud”. A secure multicloud is a much more complex process, as it requires a single secure enterprise network to span the private and public clouds used by the organization’s resources. Fortunately, multicloud management software can also help with this area of multicloud security.
Regardless of how well a business has planned its migration to a multicloud environment, maintaining control of the environment is a key area that can determine whether a multicloud strategy succeeds or fails. Without effective control, costs can spiral upwards, performance can spiral downwards, and security risks can manifest from multiple sources.
Maintaining control of a multicloud environment is not easy. Each public cloud has its own set of interfaces and unique challenges, and the nuances of configuring and managing accounts with multiple cloud service providers require both broad and deep knowledge. Alternatively, control can be maintained in a multicloud environment by using multicloud management software.
This data can be analyzed to manage data efficiently, evaluated to determine usage, costs, and performance from multiple business perspectives, and then used to optimize the business’ resources wherever they are deployed.
Earlier this year, the CloudHealth platform was cited as an industry leader in a Forrester Wave report due to its ability to provide cost monitoring and optimization insights across multiple cloud service providers. Forrester noted:
“Breadth and depth in coverage across multiple clouds, granular cost breakdowns, automated remediation, and savings trackers will all prove differentiators in the cloud cost monitoring and optimization market”.
Not only does CloudHealth’s multicloud management software enable your organization to balance agility and control in its multicloud environment, but once resources are optimized, you will be able to automate the management of your multicloud environment via our robust policy engine.