Today, the average organization tends to utilize up to five different cloud solutions, especially if it is involved in some form of business technology. This is happening because modern organizations have more choices on how they can manage or build cloud architectures. In the past, one chooses either to run their applications on a public or a private cloud. Today, it isn’t either/or, it is how many of each. This, however, has increased the complexity of things, thus business owners need to weigh how to evolve their multi-cloud management strategies to optimize availability, cost, and performance.
Modern organizations are recommended to develop a dynamic framework that meets their business and IT demands. Below are several key steps to take when transforming your multi-cloud optimization strategy:
Prepare for Future Cloud Adoption
Modern businesses need to establish a solid framework that allows them to evaluate future vendors and services early on. Common action items for developing framework may include determining one’s security needs, choosing which services to migrate to the cloud, and more. It may be useful to also think of one’s data in different tiers, especially for considerations pertaining to service-level and security requirements. It is important to note that the highest tier requires the highest level of performance, redundancy (the ability to provide a continuity of service regardless of the problem), and protection.
Another consideration to make while preparing for future cloud adoption is identifying individuals within the organization who can translate between IT and business needs if cloud migrations become necessary. For example, if the marketing needs to adopt a new CRM system, team members need to identify must-have features, determine their feasibility, and develop access control standards.
Determine Your Networking Needs
It is essential for business owners to choose the correct networking solution for their cloud architecture. At the end of the day, small performance issues can quickly add up in complex multi-cloud architectures, and they can lead to high latency problems and even outages. With that in mind, below are some questions to ask yourself when planning the ideal networking infrastructure:
- How is your current cloud architecture built?
- How do you plan to transform that cloud architecture in five years?
- Will you be using a private cloud, public cloud, or a mixture of both?
- Which mission-critical business applications will be exchanging data, and via which connections?
Remember that there is no cookie-cutter networking strategy. For example, hybrid cloud architectures are ideal for connecting internal IT environments directly to providers. This strategy might not have the same effect if your goal is to move your IT infrastructure closer to end users. For this, colocation services are recommended.
Enable Automation in Your Framework
Business owners are recommended to have a framework that allows them to continually evaluate existing automating cloud deployment tools and match them to their scalability needs. If these tools do not align with your business needs and features, it is time to find a better platform. Take the time to consider what needs to be automated and where does your team spend most of their time at. For example, you may include standardized rules for cloud deployment in your automation plan when there plans to invest in a wider variety of cloud services in the near future.