A typical medium- or large-scale company today deals in multiple cloud environments, which might be physically or logically segregated. Given that the complexity of a single cloud implementation is high, it becomes daunting to try and keep everything in order with multiple servers and configurations running. How do you keep the wheels turning smoothly and make sure processes do not intermix?
Here are some tips on managing a multiple-cloud environment:
- Unify different frameworks: When there is a lot of different cloud environments, monitoring becomes a huge challenge. Not only are more resources needed to manage the systems, but the complex interconnections result in just too much detail to scan. The solution is to go for unified monitoring frameworks that can control different systems—on-premise, virtual servers, cloud systems—from a single profile.
- Move from hardware to solutions: The advantage of cloud computing is not so much reduced cost as it is using cutting-edge technologies like big data. As a business, you need to make a shift from thinking in terms of hardware-centric investments to solution-centric investments, which will result in more novelty and higher business returns over time.
- Get senior management on your side: When stakeholders question the need for the added complexity and higher cost, you need to make sure the senior management has a good idea of why the hybrid configuration was chosen in the first place. This will also keep the commercial and technological interests aligned.
Multiple cloud implementations do tend to be harder to manage, but they allow you to do much more than were possible before.