Multi-cloud has become an important aspect of modern technology and business operations. As more organizations adopt multiple cloud platforms, effectively managing multi-cloud environments is key to maximizing performance and achieving business goals.
To address the complexity of multi-cloud management, the cloud smart approach is emerging as an intelligent solution. In addition to overcoming the complexity of multi-cloud, cloud smart is also seen as helping enterprises unlock the potential agility, flexibility and operational excellence of multi-cloud.
However, what is cloud smart, and how can it help organizations manage multi-cloud efficiently? Read this Virtus article for a full explanation.
What is Multi-cloud?
Multi-cloud is a data infrastructure strategy in cloud computing in which an organization uses more than one cloud provider to store, manage, and run its applications and services.
The goal is to increase system flexibility and reliability and take advantage of the services offered by each cloud provider. For example, an organization can use cloud services from provider A to store data, while using cloud services from provider B to run applications.
Multi-cloud is also used to reduce the risk of dependency on a single cloud provider, especially if that provider experiences problems or disruptions. By using more than one cloud provider, companies can more easily switch to another provider if there is a problem with the services being used by one provider.
Challenges of Multi-cloud Deployment
The popularity of multi-cloud deployments cannot be separated from the flexibility and reliability it provides to enterprises, but behind all these benefits, multi-cloud also has the potential to present obstacles or challenges to its users.
Managing multiple cloud providers at once can be a very complex and unavoidable task. Typically, each provider has different interfaces, tools, and policies that require additional time and effort to manage, monitor, and automate.
As a result, it is difficult to integrate applications across clouds. Some applications may need to be modified to run in multiple cloud environments due to differences in configuration and policies in each cloud.
In addition, while multi-cloud can help optimize operational costs, it is difficult to monitor and control costs at each provider. As a result, costs can increase if not managed properly.
To overcome these obstacles, enterprises need to develop a well-thought-out multi-cloud strategy, invest in efficient multi-cloud management, and consider using tools and automation solutions to manage the complexity of multi-cloud.
3 Stages of the Cloud Adoption Journey
When talking about multi-cloud, it's incomplete if you haven't discussed the phases of the cloud adoption journey. There are at least three stages or phases that are passed, namely cloud first, cloud chaos and cloud smart. Here is the explanation.
The first phase is cloud first, where organizations start adopting the public cloud. In this phase, the focus is on building mobile applications in one cloud, but over time there is a shift to a multi-cloud model. This is driven by the desire to take advantage of cloud service innovations from leading providers to meet business needs for greater agility.
The second phase is cloud chaos, where many organizations have begun to grapple with the complexities of multi-cloud. As a result, the deployment of new applications becomes slower, and the management of existing applications becomes more difficult.
In addition, each cloud requires specialized tools that are incompatible with each other. Clearly, this complexity has far-reaching business implications, from managing costs to maintaining performance.
The third phase is cloud smart, which is the goal of the multi-cloud journey. In this phase, organizations can overcome multi-cloud complexity by using the cloud based on application needs. Achieving cloud smart involves three major changes to overcome cloud chaos, namely easier application development acceleration, consistent and unified cloud infrastructure, and unlimited usage experience.
The goal of these three phases is to achieve a higher level of flexibility and efficiency in managing resources and applications in the cloud.
Business Benefits of Implementing Cloud Smart
To be in the cloud smart phase, organizations need to have a careful and strategic multi-cloud deployment plan. From understanding the complexity, to integration between cloud providers, to support from the organization's leadership also plays an important role in achieving cloud smart status.
Implementing cloud smart concepts in the enterprise can provide a number of significant benefits. According to a VMware report, 97 percent of organizations were able to significantly increase their revenue growth.
In addition, 96 percent of organizations reported an increase in profitability, indicating that integrating multiple cloud services from multiple providers can help improve operational efficiency and net income. In addition, 92 percent of organizations reported that it is easier to manage data across multiple locations. This suggests that there are efficient solutions for managing their data across multi-cloud environments.
From the above, a proper multi-cloud approach can help organizations improve their competitiveness. Now, if you are facing the complexity of multi-cloud and want to achieve the cloud smart phase, the VMware Cross Cloud Service solution can help you accomplish this. With VMware's leading intelligent digital services, this solution can help organizations unlock the potential of multi-cloud with high security and resiliency.
VMware Cross-Cloud Service, a Smart Multi-cloud Management Solution
VMware Cross-Cloud is a collection of integrated services for building, running, and securing applications across multiple clouds. VMware Cross-Cloud solution helps organizations not only move to multi-cloud, but also achieve cloud smart.
Consisting of five key building blocks - Application Platform, Cloud Management, Cloud and Edge Infrastructure, Security and Networking, and Anywhere Workspace - VMware Cross-Cloud services can help organizations accelerate application delivery, modernize cloud infrastructure, deliver autonomous workspaces, and create software-defined edges.
With the tagline "any application on any cloud from any device," VMware Cross Cloud can help organizations accelerate application development, deliver a unified IT infrastructure, and provide a seamless user experience. Here are 11 benefits of VMware Cross Cloud that help organizations become cloud smart.
1. Comprehensive Cloud Solution
Provides a comprehensive suite of cloud solutions that enable organizations to seamlessly migrate, manage and optimize workloads across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
2. Drive Digital Transformation
Designed to accelerate digital transformation with innovative solutions to modernize infrastructure, applications, and security, enabling organizations to remain competitive in the digital age.
3. Security and Compliance
Focused on security and compliance with robust security features and compliance tools to protect data and meet industry standards.
4. Efficient Resource Management
Optimize resource utilization, reduce operational costs, and increase scalability to achieve cost savings and maximize return on IT infrastructure investments.
5. Innovative Technology
Equipped with solutions that leverage virtualization, software-defined networking, and containerization, enabling organizations to adopt modern technologies and stay ahead of industry trends.
6. Hybrid and Multi-cloud Technology
Seamlessly connects on-premises infrastructure to public and private clouds, enabling organizations to choose the best cloud services for their needs without vendor lock-in.
7. Scalability and Flexibility
Scalability and flexibility enable organizations to adapt to business needs. VMware Cross Cloud can be easily scaled up or down, making it an ideal choice for organizations with dynamic workloads.
8. Simplified Management
Equipped with centralized management tools to simplify the management of complex IT environments.
9. Global Presence and Services
With a strong global presence and partner network, VMware provides reliable support and services to organizations around the world, ensuring that businesses can get help no matter where they are.
10. Proven Track Record
VMware has a reputation for reliability and innovation in virtualization and cloud computing. Its broad range of solutions has been widely adopted by companies across a variety of industries.
11. Ecosystem and Integration
An extensive ecosystem of partners and integrations with industry-leading technologies makes it easy for enterprises to build and develop IT solutions.
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Author: Wilsa Azmalia Putri
Content Writer CTI Group