As the cloud becomes commonplace across organizations in nearly every industry, many businesses have found their strategy doesn’t involve just one cloud provider, but multiple. In fact, in a survey by Forrester, nearly 90% of respondents classified their cloud strategy as multicloud.
Given the number of benefits enterprises may reap from this strategy, the traction of multicloud strategies is not surprising. By working with several cloud providers (public or private), like Microsoft Azure or AWS, businesses are less reliant on any single vendor, can mitigate the risk of disaster, can address their global requirements, and are better equipped to comply with data governance and compliance regulations.
While a multicloud strategy has its advantages, the increased complexity of management can also add a number of challenges. Identifying and overcoming these hurdles is critical to the cloud success of any organization.
Multicloud environments provide businesses the flexibility to adopt different cloud platforms for various applications when the need arises. But for the 47% of organizations that take an ad hoc approach, rather than planning from the ground up, the lack of detailed foundational planning can mean confusion in the cloud and more complex — and costly — management.
When planning a multicloud approach, it’s critical businesses have a thorough roadmap that accounts for all the necessary stakeholder requirements throughout the business. This detailed strategy should include all departments, from IT to marketing to sales, to help manage costs, plan for data governance and compliance, identify cloud-ready applications and workloads, and ensure the big picture of their multicloud approach is understood and supported.
A Lack of Necessary Skills
Maintaining and managing a multicloud environment requires a businesses’ IT team to have the experience and expertise working with several vendors. This means they either need to invest in building these skills in-house or search for the right talent to fill those gaps — and certified Microsoft Azure or AWS IT professionals are in high demand and not easy to come by.
This talent gap means organizations may find they only possess the top-level knowledge needed to select and deploy workloads to their multiple cloud providers. What many companies often overlook is whether or not they have a deep enough understanding to truly optimize their cloud environments, control costs, and adopt new features as they arrive.
Intricate, modern IT infrastructure environments are not only business-critical, they’re significant investments for organizations, both in time and budget. While a multicloud strategy can be the correct approach, many organizations simply don’t have the resources needed to execute on this strategy. That’s why many organizations choose to partner with a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) to support this crucial technology and keep their business processes running smoothly.
Working with a CSP means your business has support from the very start, from planning your cloud migration to deploying your cloud environments, as well as ongoing management and continuous support. And with teams certified in both Microsoft Azure and AWS, your organization can feel confident that you’re working with proven experts who are dedicated to ensuring your business is successfully utilizing your multicloud environments in the most optimal way to meet your objectives.
Want to learn more about how a CSP can help your business solve — or avoid — your struggles with multicloud? Send us a message or call CentriLogic today.