Multicloud gives companies great flexibility in accessing and using information technology. Along with this flexibility comes complexity, so finding ways to simplify multicloud is important to using the technology most effectively.
Reasons for Multicloud Complexity
There are multiple reasons a multicloud strategy is complex. First, when there’s more than one of anything, it becomes harder to keep track of them. There are different consoles and management software available for doing that tracking, so operations teams need to become familiar with multiple tools. Analytics that report about a single cloud don’t give you insight into your overall environment.
It’s also the case that the multiple clouds in a multicloud strategy are different; that’s the reason for using multicloud in the first place. But it also means that different services are available in different clouds, so there are multiple APIs that need to be learned and used. The cloud vendor continually changes their APIs and makes new services available, and teams need to keep up with that change.
In addition, it isn’t just changes in vendor tools that make multicloud dynamic. Configurations change; workloads are migrated between platforms, whether you use bursting or not. Because there are different services on different clouds, moving between clouds can require significant alterations to a workload. Making sure nothing is lost and everything is optimized is hard when the entire system architecture is variable.
Use Tools to Simplify Multicloud Complexity
To make multicloud manageable, you need to find ways to reduce the complexity. Optimization tools such as CloudHealth can present a unified picture of your utilization and spending. Federated security solutions allow you to use a single identity management solution across all environments. You can choose to use the same development tools in your data center and across your cloud providers and build packages as containers, making the development and deployment environments consistent.
Every cloud in the multicloud configuration needs backups. Unless you take care, every cloud you’re using requires a separate backup and recovery process, along with separate management and monitoring software. A backup solution like CloudPoint allows you to simplify management of backups in multicloud environments and eliminate at least one cause of multicloud complexity. CloudPoint provides a single console for managing all your cloud backups and supports automated discovery to ensure no environment is omitted.
Reduce Multicloud Complexity with Expert Support
VAST IT Services provides multicloud support that ensures you get the most benefit from all your cloud environments, whether Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. Our partnerships with leading vendors including CloudHealth and Veritas, let us leverage the leading tools for managing complex environments with ease. Contact us to learn more about reducing multicloud complexity with support from VAST IT Services.