Tackling the Complexities of Multi-Cloud With a New IT Model

The pandemic put incredible pressure on organizations to modernize and accelerate digital transformation efforts, with many businesses rushing to embrace cloud strategies in response. According to this year’s Enterprise Cloud Index from Nutanix, multi-cloud—an IT operating model thats multiple clouds, public private—is the most commonly combined model or IT environment and the only IT on an upward adoption trajectory. In fact, nearly two-thirds (64%) of organizations plan to operate a multi-cloud environment within three years.

But there are complexities and challenges of managing across cloud borders that organizations are still grappling with, and concerns about security, data integration and cost remain. Enterprises will need to find ways to leverage existing cloud investments and redefine best practices and what it means to have agility and resilience in IT.

Current Challenges

Businesses have traditionally been designed around managing costs, increasing efficiency and streamlining operations, but lean IT teams find themselves under new pressures to support the challenges we’re facing today. The pandemic forced organizations to prioritize implementations and view the public cloud as a quick solution for everything without proper diligence at the expense of optimization. This approach lacked focus on strategic business outcomes, and ultimately led to increased complexity, higher costs and less flexibility. According to the study, 87% of respondents agreed that multi-cloud success requires simpler management across mixed-cloud infrastructures.

Enterprises also continue to rank improving security as a top IT priority, yet managing security was among the top multi-cloud challenges cited. Additionally, the majority of Respondents (80%) say that moving apps can be time-consuming and costly, and 77% agree that workload portability is a significant challenge. This underscores the need for uniform management and operations across different cloud environments to avoid costly and time-consuming efforts to move applications.

“Cloud-Smart” approach to IT

Current cloud thinking is that there’s a “best” cloud environment for each workload or application, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the cloud. Organizations will start to move away from blanket cloud-first approaches to IT, and instead, be more thoughtful about which workloads run where. It is no longer a foregone conclusion that taking every app or workflow to the cloud permanently is the best course of action. The adoption of this “cloud-smart” approach, leveraging the most appropriate cloud environment for each use case, is likely a primary driver behind the proliferation of multi-cloud.

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