Our top 5 tips for establishing a multi-cloud process have been compiled to help businesses currently using a single-cloud strategy transition to a multi-cloud environment. We also look at the benefits and challenges of adopting a multi-cloud strategy, and provide advice about managing your multi-cloud environment.
Establishing a multi-cloud process involves mixing and matching workloads across multiple public clouds—and managing them under one platform—in order to better achieve long-term business objectives. Not only does establishing a multi-cloud process enable you to leverage the unique strengths of each cloud, but it provides your business with the necessary agility and responsiveness to drive faster time to market and rapidly respond to business requests.
However, along with the benefits of adopting a multi-cloud strategy, there are challenges. These include the potential for increased costs and security concerns, and the complexity of managing infrastructure across multiple platforms. These challenges are not unique to multi-cloud environments. They occur whenever an IT environment expands beyond an on-premises infrastructure and can be overcome by applying our top 5 tips for establishing a multi-cloud process.
Map your existing infrastructure to identify where the benefits of a multi-cloud environment can be exploited. In order to best take advantage of the benefits of a multi-cloud environment, you need to identify where benefits exist rather than randomly assigning areas of your operation to a second or third cloud. Mapping your existing infrastructure will help you better understand where opportunities exist and where controls can be put in place to prevent increased costs and security concerns.
Having the option of transitioning systems to a multi-cloud environment doesn´t mean you have to take advantage of that option straight away. Lifting and shifting an existing app or system to a second cloud “just because you can” may cause more problems than it solves—especially when factors such as security and compliance are involved. Most apps and systems have lifecycles, and it may be more beneficial and less challenging to move them to a second cloud when they are ready for reinvention.
Depending on the set-up of your existing cloud infrastructure, you may have apps that work pretty well on monolithic systems and that would not benefit from moving to a more modular and service-oriented environment on a second or third cloud. Although it may be “sexier” to have vast collections of containers and services running the tasks currently performed by VMs, if there are no beneficial reasons for moving an app to a different cloud, don´t move it.
Having prepared, and identified the right time to move the right apps to the right cloud, you may have a giant to-do list. In order to determine which app and system moves should be prioritized, analyze your customers´ use of them. The analysis will enable you to identify which processes would benefit the most from being moved to a location in which they will work more efficiently and less expensively—helping you prioritize which should receive your immediate attention.
The key to minimizing your management overhead is a multi-cloud management platform that automates low-level tasks. A multi-cloud management platform helps you save costs and operate more efficiently by optimizing assets and reducing the amount of human oversight required. Not to mention, the implementation of a multi-cloud management platform prior to transitioning to a multi-cloud environment will help you apply our other top tips for establishing a multi-cloud process:
Multi-cloud environments have become popular because there is no “one-size-fits-all” Cloud Service Provider. However, Cloud Service Providers only offer “cloistered” management tools—i.e. those that only manage their own products and services. Consequently, in order to obtain a single pane view of assets distributed across a multi-cloud environment, you need a multi-cloud management platform.
CloudHealth is the complete multi-cloud management solution—offering you the tools to perfectly mix and match workloads across multiple public clouds in order to better achieve your long-term business objectives, while helping you overcome the challenges of adopting a multi-cloud strategy by uncovering increasing costs and security concerns before they become a problem.