How To Simplify Your Multi-Cloud Environment

20 Sep 2022 by Joel St.Germain

35% of organizations with a multi-cloud environment state the biggest challenges in managing it include how to ensure compliance, consistent security, and robust access controls, often due to the possibility of fragmented data silos, prohibitive data egress costs, and data gravity. Yet, 93% of organizations consider deploying a multi-cloud strategy to drive their digital transformation initiatives.

A multi-cloud environment is beneficial since it facilitates innovation as enterprises leverage the different services from different providers to address business needs. For example, suppose one application requires a high availability cloud while another needs high speed. Then, a company can adopt a multi-cloud approach to meet the specific needs of each application but ensure effective management to avoid the challenges that come with a multi-cloud environment.

In this article, we’ll review the strategies and technologies that businesses can utilize to simplify their multicloud environments.

Utilizing Artificial Intelligence

A multi-cloud environment has caused organizations to deploy big data to monitor and support IT operations. Thus, leveraging AI-based systems can assist companies in managing their multi-cloud environments. Specifically, AI systems utilize deep learning and machine learning to analyze the vast amounts of data in a multi-cloud environment to gain and act on insights that indicate possible issues. For example, AI-powered systems can automatically identify the outage of specific cloud services and shift workloads and operations to a different cloud environment to ensure operational continuity.

In addition, implementing an AI-powered platform helps companies detect and contextualize patterns from data sources across the deployed cloud solutions. Pattern contextualization uncovers issues like repetitive processes and recurring challenges that can be addressed through automation. Besides, AI-enabled platforms learn the dynamic behaviors of cloud services and applications to enable efficient infrastructure and capacity management. By leveraging AI's predictive capabilities, organizational IT teams can align cloud operations with budget targets, detect false alarms, and minimize the time to resolution, thus ensuring a multi-cloud environment operates smoothly.

Also, AI helps automates the manual workloads of a multi-cloud environment. Utilizing AI-enabled automation and orchestration helps companies to eliminate the need for assigning resources, which is time-consuming and cumbersome. Managing multi-cloud workloads manually can slow the progress of high-value and critical projects.

Thus, using AI to orchestrate and automate IT infrastructure and processes is vital to managing multi-cloud environments. For instance, scaling multi-cloud environments through AI-powered orchestration and automation streamlines the management processes, strengthens data governance and cost, and enhances resilience and backup processes.

Lastly, AI can automate performance enhancements across the deployed services in a multi-cloud environment to improve service levels. As a multi-cloud system grows with time, the traditional management tools may introduce gaps since they may not provide full visibility into the end-users experiences and the improvement needed to optimize the experiences when using the multi-cloud services. An AI-based architecture can detect service degradation signs early and automatically shift workloads to high-performing clouds to reduce the adverse impacts on end users.

A Single Pane of Glass for Multi-Cloud Deployments 

Applications and workloads deployed in different clouds in a multi-cloud environment are difficult to manage. For example, compliance, operational, or finance applications may not connect, thus introducing governance, control, and visibility problems. As a result, inadequate visibility may cause end users to struggle when choosing the best approach to managing organizational operations in a multi-cloud environment. In this regard, the idea of a single pane of glass for a multi-cloud environment is to unify disconnected data and applications to provide greater visibility, enabling companies to regain control and govern the multi-cloud ecosystem more efficiently.

Moreover, gaining full visibility into the multi-cloud services provides a blueprint about the various cloud services to inform how to provision them, integrate them with cloud applications and data easily, security-driven compliance and holistic audit capabilities, and combined metering and usage monitoring for efficient pay-as0-you go models. Thus, a single pane of glass strategy allows companies to consume multiple cloud services while seeing how much it costs to inform budget management decisions.

It is also worth noting that a single pane of glass strategy offers a unified approach to ensuring all end-users realize a consistent experience. It enables automated resource provisioning to minimize delays in getting services and apps to end users. Furthermore, a unified multi-cloud management platform provides a multi-tiered administration approach. As a result, IT teams can easily leverage the full visibility into the multi-cloud services to view, manage, and administer various services to end-users.

Essentially, it provides different organizational departments with the visibility required to manage a multi-cloud environment under a single umbrella. The visibility also leads to stronger security since it simplifies identifying missing compliance requirements and security controls. In addition, viewing the different data flows from a single dashboard is crucial to protecting it using the appropriate data protection measures.

Conclusion 

Multi-cloud systems are becoming increasingly popular, and this trend shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. As multi-cloud strategies grow more entrenched in all businesses, it is more important than ever to ensure that you can optimize your multi-cloud strategy while protecting and securing your most strategic resource: your data.

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Joel St.Germain

CEO and Founder - Datacenters.com

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