How to define the right multi-cloud strategy for your enterprise the first time

1Executive Summary

The days of the single cloud are gone. Driven by the breadth of technology options, potential cost savings, and the need for business agility, more than 74 percent of businesses are already moving to a multi-cloud strategy. However, enterprises making the move face critical choices, and a failure to consider common risks can diminish or even eliminate the benefits of multi-cloud.

This report will help CIOs, application architects, and IT decision-makers identify common patterns of implementation failures and successes and provide a framework for evaluating multi-cloud environments. Key findings include:

  • The use of multi-cloud environments is exploding, providing better and more productive options for enterprise IT.
  • To manage cloud and traditional resources through a “single pane of glass” and maximize multi-cloud efficiencies, IT must embrace cloud management platforms (CMPs).
  • CMP technology varies a great deal from provider to provider, but common patterns are emerging. The use of policy-driven governance seems to be the dominant and most desired approach.
  • Those who build their own multi-cloud strategy need to first consider the business and technology requirements. This naturally leads to the cloud platforms they are likely to leverage, and that leads to the governance or CMP solution that is the best fit.
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David S. Linthicum

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