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The Future of the Multicloud: Management and Strategy Challenges

The Future of the Multicloud: Management and Strategy Challenges

Consolidating work environments based on two or more public, private or hybrid Clouds requires professionals experts in multiple systems or technologies and powerful management tools that centralize the operation of each.

One of the most critical and complex variables in the actual management of organizations is information management. This point is so crucial that if it is done efficiently, it can lead an organization to gain competitiveness and market positioning.

To meet that objective, Multicloud environments are being used more frequently, meaning one or more (public, private or hybrid Clouds) that optimize data storage and management.

According to the “2018 State of the Cloud” report prepared by RightScale, 82% of organizations already use this modality. Of that total, 51% are hybrid formats with multiple combinations of public and private environments.

This is a rooted trend as according to the IDC FutureScape study, by 2021, 90% of Cloud technology spending will be on diversifying work in hybrid environments.

Paradoxically, this change was the outcome of a negative externality known as Shadow IT, caused by the new IT responses to the operating needs of companies. A few years ago it was enough to simply purchase specialty software that was installed in in-house servers, like ERPs, CRM or attendance control software, but now applications or solutions are deployed on different Cloud systems like Azure and AWS.

This forces IT people to be trained in environments that will soon arrive on their own. And that “unknown shadow” that used to be solved by a manual or web tutorial now implies venturing deep into the new Multicloud world.

Apart from this, the future is not only positively Multicloud but also hybrid. An inevitable need for companies because it offers diverse advantages:

  • A greater flexibility and solutions adapted to the needs of each company.
  • Risk mitigation as it avoids “putting all the eggs in one same basket.”
  • Sovereignty and data latency are increased regardless of the physical location of the Cloud.

In addition to these advantages, Multicloud environments are facing the challenge of providing variable responses depending on the company’s maturity. This means, among other things:

  • Improving cost management, especially in public Cloud environments.
  • Overcoming the lack of Multicloud specialists (AWS experts do not always understand Azure or Binbar and vice versa).
  • There is an absolute governance because the organization is structurally internally to efficiently take on Multicloud projects
  • Security because there is a data fluidity with no associated risks.
  • Legal or business standards and requirements are met.

One of the most complex of these challenges is Cost Control, especially in non-trivial Cloud environments given the complications of a pay-per-use system. This is extremely important as there is not always an adequate visibility of the data consumed.

However, the costs can be lowered by simple actions such as not having productive environments always on. This results in immediate savings of as much as 35%.

The Multicloud challenge also requires new skills and roles such as that of Cloud Broker, who must recommend to a company or business unit the best technology for a more efficient result. This is a strategic role that IT professionals must immediately assume.

The company’s applications and services must also be evaluated to create a roadmap that can be implemented by a series of waves, articulated around an efficient Multicloud service.

In order to respond to all these needs, SONDA is currently offering its customers Managed Multicloud, a powerful mix of processes and technologies that gives IT units new potential to become a fundamental strategic base for companies.

The Managed Multicloud service facilitates customers’ operations by optimizing the combination of the infrastructure of different Clouds through a decentralized management that provides different advantages:

  • Centralized control and management of the work load on any platform
  • Rapid deployment of solutions by templates that run on a standard application
  • Simple operativity
  • Optimization of material and human resources
  • Centralized cost management to provide services to different platforms
  • Consolidation of IT professionals to act as active and efficient Cloud Brokers

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