Many IT teams are finding themselves with an accidental multi-cloud environment, and now are trying to catch up and outline a strategy. Cloud resources are easily accessible with a credit card unlocking access to the environment and when IT teams are under pressure, this temptation is just too much. IT leadership finds out they have a multiple cloud strategy when they get all these bills from different vendors.
An ad hoc approach to multiple clouds leads to complexity. Information Week posted an article in January, As Cloud Market Swells, So Does Cloud Environment Complexity, and several analysts were interviewed and they all agreed that most of the time, multi-cloud sort of just happened in the environment. No one sat down and analyzed workloads and data and made a conscious decision to invest in specific cloud technologies. Now, the IT team needs to rationalize the cloud investments. Do they really need all these cloud resources? Are they delivering a competitive advantage to the business? Is the team comfortable with dependencies on these clouds? Is the company? Is the cloud that was selected really the best for the applications?
Another issue with a multi-cloud environment is the costs. Vendors tend to raise the prices for more popular services. The bills themselves are also really complex and determining the cost to run just one workload is really difficult. In fact, 40% of IT leaders do not know how much their businesses are spending on cloud services.
If you do manage to execute a multi-cloud strategy successfully, the issue of skills now arises. There was another article in Information Week, Does Your IT Department Have the Proper Cloud Skills?, where a gap is clearly identified. The IT Admin that ran the credit card to build a workload in a public cloud, most likely doesn’t have the skills to update the networking requirements to ensure compliance with internal and external policies. IT leadership is now realizing that cloud is not a technology fad, and they need to get their people up to speed fast to fully gain the competitive advantages that it offers.
IT is in a perfect storm, where they find themselves with an accidental multi-cloud strategy and the skills to manage and maintain this environment are very difficult to find. HyperCloudTM can help. HyperCloudTM delivers a Software-Defined Cloud. What we mean by Software-Defined Cloud is similar to software-defined networking or software-defined storage, where you are able to access the benefits of the networking and storage, but in a simple and consistent manner. You can read more here. HyperCloudTM does the same for your multiple clouds. Your IT team can now simply and easily manage their multiple clouds in a simple and consistent manner from a single pane of glass.
HyperCloudTM is more than multi-cloud management though. HyperCloudTM Analytics looks at the available services across public clouds to see the best place for a workload based on performance, cost, and compliance requirements. You can try out a subset of the features through our free trial here. The Enterprise App store provides over 400 templates to quickly and easily create applications which can be deployed with one click to public and private clouds.
So, if you find yourself with an accidental multi-cloud strategy and with a bunch of tools that are really complex for your IT team to use – contact HyperGrid. We can help.
Jennifer Gill, VP, Corporate and Content Marketing at HyperGrid has more than 20 years of IT experience. Prior to joining HyperGrid, Jennifer was the Director, Global Product Marketing, at Zerto where she was the first marketing person in the US. At Zerto, Jennifer led the product messaging and global content strategy and built the customer reference program, the customer advisory board and the analyst relations program. She also managed Technology Partnerships including relationships with Amazon and Microsoft. Previously, Jennifer held management positions at EMC and played a key role in VCE. Jennifer has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
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