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3 critical capabilities of a multicloud solution

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Multiple clouds multicloudFor today’s modern enterprise, the benefits of a hybrid multicloud IT strategy are tried and true. According to an IBM Institute for Business Value Survey, 98 percent of companies plan to operate in a multicloud environment within the next three years, but fewer than half have multicloud management strategies in place.

Managing a multicloud environment does introduce complexity and can be difficult without the right tools and strategy. In order to optimize performance, control costs and support a complicated mix of applications, you need an effective means to handle working across multiple clouds from multiple vendors.

Cloud functions and technologies from different vendors all come with their own management and operation tools. Until you integrate your multiple clouds, the true benefits of a multicloud environment—including overall reduction in IT costs, improved operational speed and agility, and better IT and business alignment—will remain untapped. A truly robust and unified solution will have a few key capabilities for managing the complexity of a hybrid multicloud environment.

3 things to look for in a multicloud management solution

An effective IT management solution provides a clear view of all applications and tools to ensure accordance with compliance and security standards. The most effective multicloud management solution will also help enable automation and scale easily across the enterprise.

1. Visibility

It’s critical to know where your business application components are running. You have to monitor the health of resources (such as deployments, pods and Helm releases) across Kubernetes environments, whether they’re in public or private clouds, and in the appropriate business context.

2. Governance

As cloud-native environments proliferate across the enterprise, DevOps teams are tasked with ensuring that these environments are managed according to enterprise governance and security policies. A single dashboard provides you with a consistent set of configuration and security policies for managing an increasing number of cloud-native components.

3. Automation

Whether an application is cloud native or traditional, it’s crucial to efficiently manage and deliver services through end-to-end automation while enabling developers to build applications aligned with enterprise policies. Just as important is a consistent and flexible way to deploy applications across environments, including backup and disaster recovery options and the ability to move workloads. You’ll also need the ability to provision, configure and deliver individual Kubernetes clusters as a service in any cloud.

The right cloud management solution unlocks multicloud benefits

While your business might be on the right track by having adopted a hybrid multicloud infrastructure, only a sound and well-suited management solution can unlock the true value of cloud. Without a new approach specifically geared for effective multicloud management, cloud environments remain disconnected, and may prove to be more of a liability than an advantage.

However, a comprehensive IT management solution will integrate scattered workloads, bridge security gaps and provide the necessary visibility to optimize multiple cloud environments and streamline business operations.

Read the smart paper “Manage IT: Orchestrate and simplify multicloud” to learn more about IBM multicloud management solutions and our comprehensive approach to optimizing the cloud for improved multicloud deployment.

 

Product Marketer, IBM

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