Managing a multi cloud environment

Best Practices for boosting Agility and Flexibility of your Multi-Cloud

IBM Sep 12th 2018 A-A+

Growing Adoption of Multi-Cloud Environments

Today, IT as a service (ITaaS) model has emerged as a viable option to simplify the buying of Cloud based IT solutions because it returns the purchasing control back to IT department. ITaaS enables employees to procure, orchestrate and manage IT services across multiple vendors while continuing to make sure that the right workload is placed on the right cloud. Driven by IT as a Service, multicloud world is quickly becoming the new normal for most enterprises. Multi-cloud environments are also growing as organizations see their multiple cloud applications portfolio as the fastest way to better serve customers, partners, suppliers, and employees.  According to recent research, 82 percent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy for running applications.

Managing Multi-Cloud Platforms

Every cloud service comes with its own tools, increasing management complexity. Companies run into integration problems just as what happens when migrating on-premises applications between platforms. But managing cloud-based services and data across multiple providers can start to feel overwhelming. When Customer satisfaction starts suffering and costs keeps on increasing, IT management and governance itself may start to break down. Hence Multicloud environments require new management solutions that can optimize performance, control costs and secure a complicated mix of applications and environments, regardless of whether they are inside the data center or in the cloud. 

Recognizing this critical need as a thought-leader in Cloud Platforms, IBM offers a comprehensive hybrid and multi cloud management portfolio of solutions that provides consistent management of IT resources including Provisioning, Orchestration, Workflow management, Billing, Metering, Cloud brokering, Usage reports and Executive dashboards etc. For example, IBM® Cloud Automation Manager is a multi-cloud, self-service management platform that allows IT administrators to efficiently manage and deliver services through end-to-end automation while enabling developers to build applications aligned with enterprise policies.

Best Practices for a Multi-Cloud Business

Since a multi-cloud environment is a business imperative, IT managers are formulating strategies to manage their multi-cloud Platforms. Here are some best practices that have to be adopted for ensuring agility and flexibility:

Pro-active management tools with built-in analytics and automation

Multi-Cloud Management Solutions should be embedded with analytics, self-learning capabilities through AI and machine learning etc.  Only this would enable a proactive approach to manage the performance and availability of multicloud and hybrid environments.  

Adopt DevOps methods and tools for high-quality, high-performing applications

To manage applications across multiple clouds, only integrating DevOps and end-to-end application performance management (APM) can provide the agility that keeps pace with the rapid iteration cycles of today’s applications.

Optimize application delivery with multicloud orchestration

To orchestrate all of the cloud environments, a single interface which provides the ability to perform common tasks using open standards and APIs across providers is critical.

Balance investments with the need for speed by teaming with a services partner

Instead of Planning, buying and managing cloud services from multiple vendors, it is better to work together with a services partner who can reduce complexity levels, greater inefficiencies and also unnecessary costs.