Simplify Multi-Cloud Management: Strategies for Overcoming ComplexityPublish Date: June 22, 2023
The cloud computing industry has transformed rapidly over the last decade, and as businesses continue to adopt cloud services, they are exploring new ways to optimize their operations. Currently, 76% of organizations worldwide use a multi-cloud environment. Organizations are increasingly adopting multi-cloud landscapes for a variety of business-critical reasons, including :
- No cloud vendor provides the breadth, depth, and quality of service that meet the dynamic needs of an organization. Moreover, a multi-cloud environment allows organizations to choose the best service from multiple vendors for addressing specific requirements. For example, for meeting one particular organization’s needs, Azure could be best for fully managed PaaS, whereas GCP may be better for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning services.
- Reduce vendor Lock-In with only one Cloud Provider
- Increase flexibility and scalability to ever-changing business needs.
While the benefits are evident, managing multi-cloud environments also poses specific challenges requiring careful consideration of multiple factors to guarantee success.
Typical Challenges of Multi-Cloud Environments:
- Differing infrastructure, APIs, database, network, and security constructs.
- Cost and time of refactoring applications for each cloud environment
- Risks related to security, data, and privacy issues associated with regional data regulations
- Increased complexity from different tools available with each cloud provider
- Integrated visibility, governance, and cost management across the multi-cloud estate
- Need to train staff or hire specialized skills to support Multi-cloud environment.
In other words, challenges are unique for each persona in an organization. For developers, each cloud provider has an impressive infrastructure, interfaces, and APIs. For operators, each additional cloud increases the complexity of their architecture, fragmenting security, performance optimization, and cost management.
Strategies for Managing Multi-Cloud Environments
Building the right and actionable strategy is a crucial success factor for multi-cloud adoption and management. The right approach (as outlined below) will help address the challenges mentioned above:
- Selecting a suitable multi-cloud management platform (CMP) / partner can bring resources under a single umbrella. This helps avoid problems with cloud and platform sprawl. YASH Technologies helps enterprises find the answer when looking for a third-party partner to manage their multi-cloud ecosystem. The assessment is based on multiple factors such as ease of allocating resources to applications, uncertainty about security management of specific cloud resources, performance issues caused by a lack of cloud resources for particular applications, or the inability to charge back cloud costs to appropriate departments and users.
- Decide on self-investment vs. partnership with a service provider like YASH Technologies to address the right skill-gap challenges.
- Implementing appropriate security solutions can stop all kinds of threats in multi-cloud deployments, ensuring complete security. The right tool will offer visibility and control across all cloud applications and provide consistent security across the enterprise. It will help integrate automated security policies related to access control, network security, data security, application security, and audit trails.
- Select tools that will help maintain compliance consistently and efficiently across different cloud environments.
- Last but not least, mitigate complexity by using practices such as DevOps and management tools such as Kubernetes OR containers, which abstract some of the nuanced differences between cloud platforms. DevOps can facilitate an agnostic workflow for any cloud provider. Kubernetes allows a more seamless experience regardless of the underlying cloud provider. The pods deployed would continue in the same manner to provide API or application services for any cloud.
One commonly overlooked issue is disaster recovery. Disasters happen even to cloud providers, so organizations must plan to recover when (not if) they occur. Consistent reliability is critical for any deployment, regardless of the medium you’re deploying into. A multi-cloud architecture can benefit organizations by offering multiple layers of redundancy. This setup allows organizations better to control the risk of failure across multiple silos. For example, if a single cloud provider has an issue like a domain name service (DNS) failure, the other cloud providers will not.
Elevate your Business with YASH Technologies Multi-Cloud Management Capabilities
YASH Technologies offers comprehensive capabilities and services for managing multi-cloud environments. We help your businesses maximize growth opportunities by implementing a multi-cloud strategy, migrating workloads to cloud platforms, manage multi-cloud environments efficiently through a cloud management platform. We also design and develop cloud-native applications optimized for multi-cloud and ensure security and compliance in multi-cloud environments. Our expertise and services enable businesses to take advantage of the benefits of multi-cloud while minimizing its challenges.
Vice President, Cloud and Infrastructure Management Services