Stakeholders in all industries have a growing demand for increased business agility and cost reductions in relation to their IT infrastructure and applications. Many of these executives and officers have focused on migrating to the cloud as part of their strategy to reach these goals.
In general, these migrations by organizations follow either a hybrid or multicloud strategy. Hybrid cloud is defined as a combination of cloud services that are deployed both on-premises and in the cloud. Multicloud means using multiple cloud computing service providers across a single heterogeneous environment for applications, software or infrastructure.
While hybrid cloud and multicloud usage have increased for businesses, so have challenges to maintain compliance with various regulations and cloud security requirements. The following figures from an IBM Institute for Business Value survey of 1,106 business and technology executives reflect the situation:
Organizations are already operating multicloud environments.
Organizations plan to use multiple hybrid clouds by 2021 — however, only...
Organizations have a multicloud management strategy in place.1
As stakeholders of enterprises place more of their services in hybrid multicloud environments, and developers directly access more infrastructure and platform services, the following questions emerge in their wake:
- “How securely are we using these cloud services?”
- “Is our configuration of our cloud services presenting us with excessive risk?”
- “How well do our cloud services comply with industry and local regulations?”
These questions about consistency, security and compliance with cloud infrastructure become more complex to answer as more organizations adopt a multicloud or hybrid cloud strategy. Many stakeholders find that coming up with the appropriate strategy to match their current and future cloud usage is challenging to address.