The Challenges of Multicloud Environments
Businesses have long juggled options when it comes to the cloud. Private and public cloud solutions each have advantages, and many organizations have tried to capitalize on these by using both for different processes. But that isn’t necessarily a cure-all, Blevins said.
“That’s one of the challenges of using a multicloud environment,” Blevins said. “Each cloud provider, including VMware, has its own format, its own approach, its own APIs. And that’s what makes it difficult. So you can’t have the same infrastructure everywhere unless you only use one cloud provider, but that generally isn’t realistic for businesses.”
This challenge weighs not only on IT departments but also on organizations’ bottom lines.
“This is where your costs really go up, because that means you’re using different toolsets, different processes, and your teams are working harder,” Blevins said. “Generally you need more people to be able to manage that, or your people are spread very thin. But if we gave you the same operational approach and the same toolsets to be able to run, manage and secure workloads on all of those clouds, well, that will definitely bring your costs way down.”
How to Simplify Cloud Infrastructure
Differences in cloud interfaces can be a heavy burden on developers because they have to repeat processes in multiple environments to achieve the goal. Blevins said that using infrastructure as code can eliminate some of these burdens.
When everything is code, developers can have continuous integration and continuous development pipelines, she said. “That way, you can tie right into those CI/CD pipelines that your developers use so they can have that developer-consistent experience that they’re looking for.”
These pipelines can automate things like security, backups, data recovery and management, and monitoring. This can allow developers to keep their involvement high-level, freeing up their time to attend to other matters.
“All they know is that when they check in their code, it gets deployed automatically through the pipelines that you built,” Blevins said. “All of this happens through the pipeline automatically when they check in their code to deploy that application.”
Multicloud environments can help businesses make the most of the cloud. With the right strategy, they can create an infrastructure that’s both efficient and cost-effective.