This isn’t the same as a hybrid strategy, which mixes private on-premises cloud and a third-party online cloud from a single provider.
Multi-cloud adoption is a trend experts project will continue. IDC predicts that by 2018, over 85% of enterprises will run multi-cloud environments, which essentially involves mixing and matching services from different cloud providers to meet varying workload requirements. This is different from a hybrid cloud, which is formed by combining a private, on-premises cloud and third-party public cloud with orchestration between the two.
A multi-cloud environment may include a hybrid cloud. But with servers spread across multiple vendors, there is no orchestration to unify the entire environment. When you consider the de facto use of cloud services by employees and business units outside of IT, many companies are already multi-cloud, whether they call it that or not.
More Clouds Mean More Management
With no one cloud model being the best for every workload, there’s growing consensus that multi-cloud environments will be mainstream within a few years. Requirements between business functions and departments can vary significantly.
A multi-cloud architecture gives organizations more flexibility to address different requirements. But without orchestration or connections between the servers run by multiple vendors, it also gives companies more to manage. This creates a number of challenges, including:
- Tracking what’s stored on each server and their uses
- Securing data spread across multiple clouds and providers
- Managing performance — The more cloud environments in use, the harder it is to track latency issues and maximize uptime
To make the most of their multi-cloud environment, companies need to leverage a cloud management platform (CMP).
Why Use a Cloud Management Platform?
An effective cloud management platform simplifies the deployment and operation of apps and databases across several different cloud providers. It does so by acting as a broker between providers and cloud users to improve enterprise visibility of cloud resources, reduce administrative headaches and optimize resources. With a CMP, organizations enjoy the benefits of multi-cloud without the complexity by:
- Optimizing costs. A CMP provides insight and visibility into cloud spend and can help with budgeting, allowing companies to stretch IT budgets across multiple cloud providers while minimizing costs.
- Improving efficiency. Managing individual clouds is heavily time- and resource-intense. A CMP automates and streamlines many tasks, and improves efficiency by enabling administration from one dashboard.
- Ensure security and compliance. Security isn’t just hard to manage with multiple vendors, silos can become so opaque that it’s hard to spot risks. By providing a top-level view of security and allowing IT to drill down into the security of each cloud, a CMP ensures that cloud environments are as secure and compliant as possible.
Right Application, Right Cloud, Right Management Platform
Managing your multi-cloud environment doesn’t have to be complex, and neither does selecting the right CMP. OneNeck’s ReliaCloud CMP will unify your on-premises, public, private or hybrid clouds together via a single platform, providing you with a “single pane of glass” to automate, manage, monitor, secure and govern your clouds, from a consolidated view. Contact us today to discuss your cloud management needs or to schedule a demo of ReliaCloud CMP.