Organizations have been moving rapidly to the cloud for some time now, and the pandemic has only accelerated this effort. The advantages of cloud are many: ubiquitous access to apps and data, unlimited storage capacity, deep redundancy and resilience — all without having to buy, deploy and maintain on-premises equipment.
A multicloud approach brings additional benefits, most notably the ability to take advantage of competition to get better pricing. But that’s not the only advantage. Various cloud providers are differentiating themselves from their competitors by offering additional capabilities, such as analytics, cold storage and container management.
Managing multiple clouds, however, can appear daunting at first. Traditional IT and network management platforms won’t work — organizations will need new management solutions to optimize and secure this complex new mix of applications and data spread across multiple vendors’ clouds.
First, let’s take a look at just a few of the challenges, starting with cost, which is one of the primary reasons organizations opt for a multicloud approach. It can get very complicated very quickly to ensure you’re keeping costs as low as possible. Additionally, because each vendor’s pricing model and billing will differ from the others, it’s challenging for organizations that operate on a charge-back model to aggregate bills and provide transparency to business units
Integration is another significant challenge. IT needs common standards to integrate systems, networks and applications across multiple clouds. After all, if IT is stuck managing each cloud in isolation, it’s going to be difficult to see the full value of a multicloud environment. Organizations need to be able to manage the entire environment from a single system.
Managing data is another issue. Structured data such as that found in a relational database is easily moved to the cloud’s object store architecture. But unstructured data such as files is a different story entirely. Not only does unstructured data make up the vast majority of enterprise data but keeping track of it across multiple cloud environments is tricky. IBM has a number of solutions that can help transform an overly complex multicloud mess into a cohesive, flexible, cost-effective environment.
The IBM Multicloud Management Platform (MCMP) provides integration and orchestration layers that support multiple clouds to optimize cloud costs and usage, and to simplify service management and dependency mapping. Likewise, IT can take advantage of solutions such as the IBM Spectrum Scale file system, Cloud Object Storage and Storage Discover to create a global namespace for all unstructured data across clouds.
It’s clear that the future is multicloud, but it doesn’t have to be complex and unwieldy. IBM’s cloud and storage solutions can help IT ensure that they can keep costs low and transparent, integrate systems across environments and manage it all from a single console.
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