Multi-cloud is the new wave. Organizations are using a combination of several public cloud providers in a bid to avoid vendor lock-in. But the reality of multi-cloud is that it’s complex. This is why you need the right multi-cloud management tool to help bring order to an otherwise chaotic environment. Here are some of the challenges multi-cloud management tools can help with.
1. Unique Portals
A multi-cloud approach adds several layers of management complexity to an organization’s cloud deployment. Each vendor comes with unique portals and processes that organizations manage. The best way to manage these disparate environments is via a multi-cloud management tool. Such a tool brings everything under one umbrella. It helps avoid problems with process and platform sprawl.
2. Skills Gap
There has been a tremendous growth of public clouds, such as Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Azure. And this growth has fueled a huge demand for architects and admins who have mastered these platforms. Organizations looking to take advantage of the public cloud as part of their multi-cloud approaches must hire these skill sets. The other option would be to work with a managed service provider with multi-cloud expertise.
3. Application Sprawl
With multi-cloud, it’s easy to lose track of what applications are running at any one time. And you can’t tell where and how much the applications are costing you. For instance, staff members may be partial to a specific cloud for given workloads. However, this choice may not be consistent across your entire staff. Consequently, you may end up with four or more of the same up running across multiple clouds. It would be better to follow apps to the cloud instead of pushing them into the cloud based on falling compute and storage costs. A multi-cloud management tool can help with this.
Are you moving applications and services from an existing hybrid cloud setup and setting them up across multiple public clouds? Then you’re probably wondering how to guarantee a successful move that doesn’t simply pile on expenses. Having the right multi-cloud tool can help with the preparation of automatic deployment of existing policies and standards across the new cloud environment. You don’t have to complete this task one deployment at a time.
Before signing on the dotted line, organizations need to have a detailed discussion about security with cloud vendors. Find out what falls under the responsibility of the provider and what the expected response would be in case of a breach. Would the vendors help with remediation efforts, or do they pay a penalty?
With multi-cloud, organizations can create secure and powerful cloud environments outside the traditional compute framework. But to maximize the impact of the multi-cloud, organizations have to tackle the challenges of apps sprawl, unique portals, compliance, migration, and security.
Moreover, IT staff has to contend with the fact that users don’t need to go through IT to acquire compute resources. This can open up the organization to vulnerabilities because of the lack of oversight and observance of security protocols. The term for this is “Shadow IT.” Building relationships with users and defining policies for self-service IaaS solutions can help solve this problem.