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How to Optimize Your Multi Cloud Strategy

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US42521917 A N A L Y S T C O N N E C T I O N Phil Goodwin Research Director, Storage Systems and Software H o w t o O p t i m i z e Y o u r M u l t i c l o u d S t r a t e g y May 2017 IDC research indicates that over 90% of enterprise-scale organizations plan to make use of multiple clouds in the next several years. However, many IT organizations struggle to keep up with scaling, pooling, migrations, and the rapid pace of change that are the hallmarks of cloud IT operations. The following questions were posed by OneNeck to Phil Goodwin, research director within IDC's Storage Systems and Software practice, on behalf of OneNeck's customers. Q. In an increasingly hybrid IT world, what are the benefits of a multicloud strategy? A. There are several benefits to having a multicloud strategy, but let's focus on just three of them. First, there is significant differentiation among cloud providers. Cloud is not a case where service providers are very similar. In fact, providers have a high degree of differentiation. For example, some feature low costs, some have white-glove service, and others specialize in certain application support. IT organizations can select a provider suited to a particular use case or workload, or they may choose to select a national or regional provider because of size. Second, we find that many organizations are using a multicloud strategy to avoid vendor lock-in. Cloud providers are subject to business problems just like anyone else, and organizations want to know that they can get their data out if they need to. Third, application deployment models are evolving rapidly. Having deployment options can help IT organizations go to market faster with new applications based upon specialized requirements as well as increasing agility to meet unforeseen requirements. Q. Managing multiple cloud services can become challenging. What should an enterprise consider that will help? A. Well, it would be great to have one tool that would let an organization have an enterprise data management strategy across all applications and environments, but those tools are still evolving. It will probably be several years before they reach a point of maturation and can be deployed at an enterprise level. Therefore, IT managers need to look for cloud providers that can give them complete insight into an application environment and any other aspect of their cloud environment. Security, encryption policies, data access mechanisms, service-level agreements, and monitoring are particularly important considerations.

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