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Cloud computing is ubiquitous. Most enterprise cloud users are already running more than one type of cloud deployment (PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, private, hybrid, and public) and work with more than one major public cloud provider. By 2020 this will have risen, according to analysts at IDC, with some 90 percent of European businesses expected to make use of multiple cloud services.

The key question for CIOs, business technology leaders and even CEOs is whether these clouds can be integrated and controlled to deliver the results the business requires – such as agility and innovation – and at the right cost. Furthermore, they must do this all without jeopardising enterprise security and compliance.

Sourcing cloud services from multiple vendors is no longer optional; it’s a requirement to stay competitive and scale capabilities for quickly enabling business growth.

But there is a fundamental difference between deploying multiple clouds and having the technologies, people skills and processes in place to effectively manage this hybrid IT environment.

A May 2018 survey by IDC found less than 10 percent of European organisations are ready for ‘real’ multi-cloud. The majority, some 80 percent are battling through a transition process from hybrid cloud environments, while 10 percent have little multi-cloud experience or ambition.

IDC looked at a range of business and technology factors, ranging from technology infrastructure to business processes, from alignment of cloud vision between different lines of business and central technology teams, to internal skill sets, security and compliance.

The business advantages of multi-cloud

If the survey’s findings make for sober reading, the business advantages of a well-ordered multi-cloud environment are compelling enough to ensure that enterprises persevere with their drive to cloud maturity.

While business technology leaders struggle to align their in-house cloud procurements and deployments under a common vision and under control with common management tools and metrics, there are an increasing number of external services that can help.

Managed cloud service providers, cloud brokerages and cloud security service providers are providing vital services to CIOs and their teams. So too are companies such as InterCloud, which offers organisations secure, private connectivity and access to any cloud-based resources, whether they are in the public or private cloud, in hosted data centres, co-located or in your legacy, on premises apps.

The InterCloud platform aims to handle the hidden complexity that is caused by trying to orchestrate the different attributes of different clouds. It also significantly enhances security because it by passes public networks to link to the likes of AWS, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud and SaaS giants such as Salesforce.com.

These sorts of cloud connectivity services can make a significant difference to organisations as they mature their cloud deployments. CEOs, CIOs, line of business and business technology leaders who want to develop their cloud maturity have some key tasks ahead, including:

  • Identifying and containing security threats. This means mapping and meeting all compliance requirements and creating common security policies across the organisation for all users, data, and applications.
  • Simplifying & securing global connectivity between data centres and public clouds to reduce maintenance and operations costs and ensure performance of cloud applications.

Deploying common, integrated performance monitoring and management tools across cloud-native, on premises and legacy applications to enable cost optimisation across multiple clouds. Organisations that get the best out of their multi-cloud environments will perform significantly better than those that struggle in terms of speed to market, agility, the ability to attract the best recruits and ultimately the quality of the services they provide and the bottom line.

If you’d like to find more about balancing flexibility and security to make your multi-cloud strategy a success, read our new four-page whitepaper. Amongst other things, you will learn:

  • The driving forces behind multi-cloud adoption
  • How to design and deploy a multi-cloud strategy
  • What GDPR means for security in the cloud
  • How multi-cloud forces you to change your security infrastructure
  • Why connectivity is key to achieve multi-cloud success
  • Why CIOs and IT leaders must work with business leaders to improve their cloud strategy

Download the Whitepaper here