Multicloud deployments are set to remain a defining infrastructure trend for 2023 and beyond. As such, smart companies with existing multicloud solutions are allocating resources in Q1 to rethink their multicloud architecture to consider not just existing workloads but future workloads as well. Businesses should prioritize data sovereignty along with placing workloads where they make the most sense for desired outcomes.
In the article below, we’ll review the process of evaluating and streamlining your multicloud approach in order to ensure that you begin the new year with the most efficient solution possible.
Analyze Your Current Setup
The first step in streamlining your multicloud deployment is to take a step back and analyze your current multicloud architecture. Take a look at the different cloud service providers you may be using, such as Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, or Amazon Web Services. Consider the services they provide and how they’re being utilized. It’s important that you have holistic view of how each cloud fits into your overall strategy. Only then will you know if it is still necessary or if it could be replaced with a more cost-effective solution.
Next, spend some time assessing existing workloads and factor in their anticipated future workloads. This should include looking at the types of workloads, locations, resource requirements, and the cost/benefit of running on different clouds.
Identify Areas of Improvement
Once you have a better understanding of your multicloud setup, you can begin to identify areas where improvement is needed. This might include services that are underutilized, clouds that are redundant, or services that could be more cost-effective.
After this assessment, you should be in a good position to determine your multicloud architecture strategy. This could include a hybrid cloud with workloads on both premises and cloud resources, a multicloud deployment, or a multi-region cloud.
Once decisions are made on how and where workloads are managed, begin considering your chosen architecture’s cost and scalability, as well as the security and compliance requirements of the workloads. Additionally, you should evaluate the infrastructure and application needs, such as container orchestration, serverless, and AI/ML. Finally, the organization should develop a plan for how they will manage the multicloud architecture, such as automation and DevOps. This plan should include the appropriate tools and processes to ensure a secure, reliable, and efficient multicloud infrastructure.
This step is pretty self-explanatory. After you have identified areas for improvement, it’s time to evaluate alternatives. This may include researching new cloud providers or services to replace your current setup. Consider features, cost, scalability, and any other factors that might be important to you.
After you have identified the service providers and multicloud approach that makes the most sense for your business,it’s time to implement those changes. This may involve transitioning to a new cloud provider, migrating services to a different cloud, or optimizing your current setup. Either way, a sound implementation strategy should include the following steps:
Plan and document your changes
Start by documenting your desired changes and the expected outcomes. This will provide a roadmap to guide your implementation and help you identify potential issues before you start.
Test your changes
Once you have planned your changes, test them to make sure they are functioning as expected. This could involve simulating a migration or running a proof-of-concept on a small scale.
Execute your changes
Once you are confident in your changes, execute them across your multicloud deployment.
Monitor your changes
Monitor the performance of your multicloud deployment after the changes have been implemented. Make sure all services are running as expected and resolve any issues that may arise.
Monitor and Optimize
Once your multicloud deployment is streamlined, it’s important to monitor and optimize it regularly. This will ensure that your solution remains cost-effective and that you are taking advantage of the latest features and services available.
To monitor your multicloud deployment, you should use the analytics and reporting tools provided by the cloud providers you are using. These tools can give you insights into your resource usage, cost, performance, and security. Additionally, you should regularly review your architecture and configurations and make changes if needed to improve performance, scalability, and security.
Finally, you should take advantage of multicloud management solutions to manage and optimize your deployment. These solutions can help you automate tasks, manage resources across multiple clouds, and ensure that your application is running efficiently and securely.
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