The race to multi cloud happening right now is driven mainly by the enterprise realization on the risks with a single cloud provider. Even some well-known enterprises who went all in with a single cloud provider are slowly expanding to other cloud providers. Enterprises understand that multi cloud is the right approach in today’s competitive market that demands rapid innovation. However, they are still confused about the right way to go about embracing multi cloud. In this post, we have distilled some recommendations that will help you seamlessly embrace a multi cloud strategy.
- Right cloud for your workloads: Pick the right cloud provider for your workloads. Application needs vary, and it is important to pick the right provider that meets all the requirements. Even though all the public cloud providers have some level of parity in the services they offer, they are not the same. Based on the dependency needs of your applications, you need to pick the right cloud provider, including on-premise tech.
- Developer portal and orchestration: Enable developers to deploy their apps on any cloud provider without compromising on the service they can use. This is critical to avoid proliferation of shadow IT where developers use the cloud providers directly without going through central IT.
- Integrations: Your multi cloud strategy should allow developers, DevOps and operations teams to use the right set of tools for their needs, whether it is configuration management tools, CI/CD tools, monitoring tools, etc.
- Operations control: Multi cloud spreads the IT perimeter across multiple cloud providers. Hence, having a complete visibility across all the cloud providers is vital. IT operations also need fine grained control over applications using multiple services and running on infrastructure across multiple providers.
- Cost/Budget Tracking: Cost management is critical in a multi cloud scenario. You need a seamless way to track current usage across accounts, regions, cloud providers, etc. You need granular control over costs to ensure that resource wastage is minimized. Some advanced platforms and cost management tools also offer forecasting which will help you better optimize costs and save money.
- Security: Cloud computing changed the idea of a security perimeter from the traditional enterprise data centers and multi cloud is making it even more fluid. The perimeter spans multiple cloud providers with varying levels of security and compliance. It is important for the IT to have better visibility and control across cloud providers. With multiple applications relying on varied operating systems and other software, keeping track of vulnerabilities and making sure security patches are applied on time is paramount to business survival.
- Governance & Compliance: Multi cloud makes governance challenging. Organizations should be able to set policies based on their needs and monitor compliance across cloud providers, regions or even individual accounts. This fine-grained control over governance is essential to not only stay compliant with regulatory needs but also ensure that resources are used in a more optimal way
The above recommendations are critical for the success of any multi cloud strategy. Many multi cloud IT failures can be attributed to runaway costs, lax security and compliance failures. Many organizations try to avoid these issues by adding restrictions on how developers can access services from various cloud providers. Such restrictions lead to shadow IT and a huge operational headache for enterprise IT teams. By adhering to the recommendations listed above, your organization can avoid failures and have a seamless multi cloud usage. In the next blog post, we will talk about how CoreStack platform help you follow these recommendations and execute on a multi cloud strategy.