Organizations are increasingly using multi-cloud as a way to profit from the advantages of several cloud providers.
Nevertheless, controlling various cloud environments can be difficult and complicated. Organizations must adhere to best multi-cloud management practices to ensure success.
In this article we will discuss best multi-cloud practices that businesses should adhere to in order to maintain a safe, economical, and successful multi-cloud environment.
1. MAP workloads to cloud services
Perhaps the most important stage in developing a solid multi-cloud strategy is mapping workloads. This makes it possible to allocate/provision the appropriate infrastructure parts and cloud services to the required business needs.
It also makes it possible for IT teams to create efficient SLAs based on particular requirements for data protection, availability/uptime, latency, quick scaling, real-time streaming, batch processing, powerful computing, etc.
Organizations must use different strategies for mapping workloads and new tool for multi-cloud management.
2. Incorporate hybrid cloud concepts
There has been significant disarray in recent discussions surrounding multi-cloud and hybrid cloud notions.
Any viable multi-cloud strategy, however, must take into account a wide range of IT delivery models, including as public and private clouds, hosting services, DCs, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), and hyperscale DCs.
3. Streamline vendor management
A broad range of technology vendors, including DCs, colocation services, cloud infrastructure, SaaS applications, mobile apps, application development firms, QA/testing teams, SOCs/NOCs, and managed service providers, are at the core of the multi-cloud idea.
Vendor management in a multi-cloud setup runs the risk of being fragmented, frequently departmentalized, leading to a loss of control and higher business risks.
4. Centralise IT governance
Businesses must make use of a powerful cloud management platform that enables teams to deploy and de-provision cloud services, auto scale (new VMs), orchestrate services, monitor traffic, and analyse performance metrics like latency and availability, among others.
An optimised multi-cloud architecture would eventually combine on-premise systems, colocated infrastructure, and DCs under a shared management platform, even if cloud-based applications and cloud services are the easiest to operate using a cloud management platform.
5. Drive usability and adoption
Organizations will need to invest heavily in change management initiatives as traditional IT environments evolve into dynamic multi-cloud ecosystems to promote adoption.
Additionally, in a multi-cloud environment that is rapidly changing, IT teams must make sure that user expectations and behaviour are satisfied.
6. Create a robust integration framework
In on-premise deployments, the integration scenario is already challenging. Because there are more integration points between on-premise systems and data repositories and third-party cloud-based applications and services in a multi-cloud environment, the complexity is further increased. Application integration is simpler when using the same cloud infrastructure.
However, it frequently calls for specialised APIs and integration tools to aggregate data across many cloud platforms and on-premise legacy systems.
7. Build consistent security policies
A multi-cloud environment will make data security and privacy a top topic of concern. Maintaining the security of your corporate perimeter (including applications, data sources, users, and endpoints) will become substantially more difficult when a variety of IT resources are used.
To unify their security environment, IT decision-makers may need to collaborate with managed security service providers (MSSPs) to centralise and standardise security policies across the organisation.