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Introduction

Introduction

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.

What do you think?

We are concerned about meeting service commitments because we are losing visibility and control in our multicloud environment.

% of respondents agree

% of respondents disagree

Agree

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.

Continue to learn more about new multicloud management tools

Disagree

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.

Continue to learn more about new multicloud management tools

Enhance hybrid, multicloud delivery

Enhance hybrid, multicloud delivery

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.

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What do you think?

As our business uses more and more cloud vendors to gain the innovative capabilities we need, we’re struggling to optimize the efficiencies and the costs.

% of respondents agree

% of respondents disagree

Agree

If you’re finding it difficult to capture the most from your clouds, you are not alone. Companies are turning to a services partner as a way to make sure security, efficiency and costs are controlled.

For many, using a cloud managed service provider is the answer. Register to download the Frost & Sullivan Analyst Report to read more. Continue to learn more

Disagree

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.

For many, using a cloud managed service provider is the answer. Register to download the Frost & Sullivan Analyst Report to read more. Continue to learn more

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
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Retain visibility and control

Retain visibility and control

Proactively manage data with built-in analytics and automation

Multicloud presents complexity and is likely now beyond what you and your team can manage on their own. To proactively manage the performance and availability of your hybrid, multicloud environments, use management solutions with built-in automation powered by AI and analytics. Self-learning capabilities, such as AI and machine learning, provide predictive insights. Combined with automation, this can 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.

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Embrace DevOps, create high-quality, high-performance apps

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.

Secure your multicloud environment

Secure your multicloud environment

As the number of multicloud apps and workloads grow, so does the degree of IT integration. This means more potential connection points of security risk and failure.

Your best option to secure your multicloud IT is a software-defined approach to business continuity and resiliency. This presents several benefits:

  • Visibility with automation and orchestration: By linking automation and orchestration in a central dashboard, you can gain visibility, manage resiliency and vastly reduce recovery time objectives.
  • Proactive management with insights: Integrating diagnostic, predictive and key threat data will allow you to make better proactive decisions.
  • A single view: Use a single interface and set of tools to control all replication and recovery processes.
  • Flexibility: As your business and regulatory conditions change, so might your data protection policies. A software-defined approach can adapt.

An insurance company has realized its highest possible customer satisfaction rating after augmenting its call center with a natural language processing analytics solution on a managed cloud.1

Conclusion

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