As cloud adoption rates have increased and cloud models for enterprise IT mature, multicloud deployments have become more and more popular. They happen for a variety of reasons: some cloud platforms are better suited for specific applications, others may have security or compliance measures that are necessary. They might be located in different physical sites, fostering failover and disaster recovery or serving satellite markets. For many users, avoiding being locked in with a single vendor is huge for negotiation and data sovereignty.
Going multicloud isn’t a simple task, however, especially if you want to manage everything with a simple workflow. Here are the biggest stumbling blocks companies are facing when implementing multicloud.
REIGNING IN CLOUD SPRAWL AND SPENDING
Cloud sprawl can be a real problem even if you’re only using a single vendor. Once you add multiple IaaS and SaaS providers, costs can quickly spiral out of control. Creating a strict cloud purchasing and management process will help this; regular systems auditing by a dedicated staff member can go further.
We’ve even heard reports of one application or type of application being recreated in disparate clouds, resulting in overlapping service delivery and significant cost overrun. Make sure you have a cloud migration and management plan in place as well as managerial oversight for your entire cloud team before you start your multicloud experiment.
DIFFERING PORTALS AND PROCESSES
Every cloud provider has different ways to login and manage your virtual machines, along with their own set of processes for ordering, configuring storage/networking, setting up access control and identity management, and so forth. There are now a number of “single pane of glass” dashboard vendors, who offer a platform that can manage across multiple cloud providers. They aren’t yet perfect so you are likely to need supplemental and/or manual management tools for some processes like patching, security monitoring, or resource alerts.
LACK OF CLOUD SKILLS
Going hand-in-hand with different management processes, many organizations cite a lack of in-house cloud expertise as one of the biggest challenges when going multicloud. Because each cloud is different, it can take hours and hours of study to become certified and knowledgeable in their intricacies and advanced configurations.
MSPs can be a good way to fill in your staffing gaps for specific cloud platforms and services. A solid service provider can also help guide your workload planning to put applications and data on the cloud platform that maximizes performance and minimizes costs.