It’s no longer a question of “IF” businesses will adopt cloud computing, but to “what degree”. In the coming years, global organizations will be required to make some tough decisions about existing and future cloud applications and investments. And while demand originated at the business unit, it’s time for IT to adjust to the new cloud reality.
Digital Transformations have forever changed organizational dynamics. Corporate IT is now reinventing itself by treating individual business units as customers – providing automation and orchestration tools necessary to maximize their current cloud infrastructures. CIOs can also ensure Governance, Regulatory, and Compliance (GRC) requirements are put in place and enforced. And then there’s Multi-Cloud.
The reality is most customers leverage more than one cloud provider – making automation, management and reliability a tricky proposition. While corporate IT can help by looking towards Multi-Cloud Management (MCM) tools rather than native provider solutions, not all management offerings are created equal. To be effective, these solutions must seamlessly automate deployments across multiple cloud providers – and move individual applications from one provider to another. The best tools can manage the entire application lifecycle, even permitting solutions to span multiple providers.
But even the best management tools are ineffective without a powerful network at the foundation. Multi-Cloud strategies must first lead with a proven, reliable network. Leveraging a well-architected infrastructure, customers can then maximize the most strategic aspects of Multi-Cloud, including:
- Movement of applications from one provider to another during an outage.
- Solutions that span providers, enabling clustered applications to manage failures.
- Power to flexibly switch cloud providers when new services become available.
- Ability to seamlessly enforce mandated governance and policies.
- Proactive analysis of costs of application/workload prior to deployment.
- Development of best-deployment scenarios for new cloud applications.
And while the best-case for management tools is an “all-of-the-above” scenario, two capabilities stand out above the rest: Governance/Compliance and Cost Analysis.
Management tools today must provide deep governance and compliance functionality. Customers are required to ensure all systems and applications adhere to a defined standard – meaning systems should offer full logging and audit reports, noting specifically when and by whom changes were made. Solutions must also guarantee proper levels of security patches applied to all systems, as well as full integration with established security apparatus – such as AD, LDAP or SAML.
At the end of the day, IT is driven by costs – because no one wants a bill considerably larger than anticipated. Proactive cost estimation tools ensure budgets align correctly, while delivering accurate pricing to business units and management. Strong Multi Cloud Management solutions also empower users to set and enforce quotas across teams – ensuring utilization and costs are tracked in real-time.
With technology evolving at break-neck speed, corporate IT must now take back the reins of the infrastructure. Strong Multi-Cloud Management offerings have the power to build on the flexibility and agility of current implementations – while ensuring necessary cost controls, automation and orchestration. Put the power of today’s new Hybrid IT environment to work. Contact CenturyLink to learn more, or get started with Multi-Cloud Management today!