Today, many organizations are adopting a cloud-first approach in a multi-cloud environment. Multicloud requires some preparation before you dive in, however, to ensure you can enjoy all the benefits of multicloud without creating additional headaches for your organization.

It’s clear we’re beginning to move into the next phase of cloud adoption. Ten years ago, the cloud was essentially a developer’s playground, used primarily for test-dev. Five years ago, organizations began transitioning to hybrid cloud, which is still a strong strategy for many organizations.

Today, many organizations are adopting a cloud-first approach in a multi-cloud environment. Multicloud requires some preparation before you dive in, however, to ensure you can enjoy all the benefits of multicloud without creating additional headaches for your organization.

Make sure you can orchestrate all of the cloud environments you are using with a single interface. Ideally, it should use open-standards tools to ease integration and provide intuitive self-service access to reduce the administrative burden. In this way, you can optimize pricing and take advantage of each cloud’s unique capabilities without creating a management nightmare for your IT team. 

Integration across cloud environments is another area IT needs to plan out in advance. Application and data need to be connected across multiple cloud domains and, unless new connections and services are governed by a central IT team and orchestration console, you’ll end up with a mess of confusing point integrations.

It helps if your multicloud integration architecture can divide runtimes into smaller components that are more manageable. In this way, new apps can integrate and scale more quickly. It reduces the number of people and teams required to implement something new and makes it far easier to take an agile approach. But, ultimately, IT needs an adaptable, multicloud architecture that can manage access to all services no matter where they are located through APIs. The integrated system must communicate reliably between apps, rapidly move large amounts of data securely, provide a consistent view of data for the business and, very important, do all of this securely.

Ensure that you’re being proactive with automation. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and analytics can produce insights that will enable automated systems to take on the vast majority of the grunt work and complexity that can make multicloud management such a struggle for IT.

IBM has a number of solutions that can help, including the IBM Multicloud Management Platform (MCMP), a digital consumption and delivery platform. It provides integration and orchestration layers that can simplify managing and integrating numerous technology stacks across multiple clouds. And, of course, if you lack the internal skills to design and implement your multicloud architecture, we are here to help.

 

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