To meet the unique needs of your business and remain competitive in today’s fast-moving environment, you may find yourself adopting infrastructure and solutions from a wide range of cloud vendors. A hybrid, multicloud world is quickly becoming the new normal.
But managing your cloud-based services and data across multiple providers can feel overwhelming. With each set of cloud services coming with its own tools, you’re likely facing increased complexity and cost. New management solutions and delivery methods can help optimize performance, control costs, provide quick cloud access and secure your mix of applications, environments, and data, whether they are inside your data center or in the cloud.
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A multicloud environment does create more challenges, but IT management tools are being enhanced and integrated with intelligence and automation to put control back in your hands.
As your environment continues to expand, lack of visibility and control may become an issue. Be prepared -- consider solutions that can help you manage across your on-premises infrastructure, cloud environments and applications.
Develop and deploy across a mix of environments and customize IT to your needs
Develop on public cloud for rapid access to platform services, for example, while deploying workloads subject to regulation on private cloud.
To gain this agility, you’ll want to orchestrate all of your cloud environments using a single interface that offers open-standards tools, self-service access to ready-to-use patterns, and built-in governance.
Another option is IT as a Service. Choose a vendor that offers brokered, multi-vendor services to empower users to procure the IT services they need, each deployed on the optimal cloud model. Also, make sure your choice of ITaaS includes AI-powered proactive monitoring, automated problem resolution and insight into your usage and costs.
It's great that you currently enjoy clarity and control with your multicloud environment. However, given the rapid pace of innovation, it would be a good idea to formulate a plan to maintain that command.
Integrate apps and data across hybrid and multicloud
Integrate apps and data across hybrid and multicloud
Get the most out of your applications and data
Integrate your applications and data across multiple cloud domains to connect traditional on-premises enterprise applications with private cloud environments and new lightweight public cloud services. Since new services and connections are typically not governed solely by a central IT team, the result may be a confusing network of point integrations. What’s needed is a way to standardize integration and data movement across multiple groups to maintain control without slowing down innovation.
An agile, multicloud integration architecture breaks up your integration runtimes into smaller, more manageable and dedicated components so that new applications can perform the integration at a rapid pace that scales quickly. When integration is broken down into separate pieces, you can opt to distribute those pieces by ownership and administration. This decentralized integration approach reduces the number of teams implementing a solution, which significantly reduces unproductive cross-team chatter, latency, and waterfall development.
Ultimately, an agile, multicloud integration architecture should enable users to:
Manage access to internal and external services with APIs
Connect on premises and cloud apps to drive business transformation
Protect APIs, the data they move, and the systems behind them
Conduct reliable messaging communications across application boundaries
Move huge amounts of data rapidly, securely and predictably
Cleanse and prepare data for a consistent view of your business
The average enterprise uses six or more clouds and hundreds of clusters, which can lead to a complex environment and present problems. Scattered workloads, security gaps and limited visibility on development teams’ output are several operational issues that have been difficult to manage collectively.
To address this growing complexity, IBM has introduced the world's first multicloud management technology – IBM Multicloud Manager.
Be proactive with automation
Further managing complexity, solutions with built-in automation, powered by AI and analytics, employ self-learning capabilities such as AI and machine learning. The resulting insights combine with automation to reduce false alarms and resolve actual issues often before significant performance degradations or outages occur.
If you are concerned about a lack of resources or skills, a managed services approach can help. Managed services can take care of your environment, covering a range of cloud capabilities, freeing you to focus on innovation. Look for providers that have expertise and experience with emerging technologies as well as established relationships with leading cloud vendors. An expert provider can help you bring ideas to market more quickly in an integrated multicloud environment.
When managing applications across multiple clouds, DevOps and application performance management (APM) tools can provide greater agility. For example, given the rapid iteration cycles of today’s applications, performance monitoring is essential across both development and production environments.
For better outcomes, start by embracing DevOps practices while choosing tools that provide visibility across more delivery models — public or private cloud, SaaS and on-premises IT. Next, equip your teams with skills in iterative methods such as design thinking, lean startup, agile development and continuous delivery.
A DevOps methodology that combines a unified approach and newer techniques with powerful automation supports continuous delivery which is critical to achieving success.
As hybrid, multicloud environments become the standard in the quest for digital transformation, management and security challenges can proliferate in the absence of an effective strategy.
To generate and maintain positive customer and employee experiences, take the time to evaluate your options for multicloud management. IBM offers secure, integrated solutions, powered by AI and automation, to give you better control of your operations and application performance, while optimizing your investments across hybrid, multicloud environments.
Let IBM help you to realize an agile cloud architecture for your business.
As you think about next steps, consider these key questions:
Do you think your costumers are satisfied with the performance of your hybrid IT infrastructure and the applications running on it?
Are you IT staff and resources maxed out trying to manage your hybrid, multicloud environment?
Are you confident that you have optimized your multicloud resources for the greatest ROI?
Have you considered the value of a services partner with expertise and experience in managing hybrid, multicloud environments?
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