The Rise of Multicloud Management
More businesses than ever have embraced multicloud infrastructures. Research commissioned by VMware shows that 64 percent of organizations report using multiple clouds, a figure that’s expected to rise to 72 percent in the next five years.
“Multicloud strategies often began with individual developer and line-of-business teams making independent choices about which public cloud services to use as a launchpad for early digital business initiatives,” explains Mary Johnston Turner, a research vice president with IDC. “More recently, however, I see many organizations taking a more structured, workload-centric approach to infrastructure deployment choices.”
Either way, Turner says, a multicloud strategy can pose challenges related to data integration, consistent security and compliance controls, cost monitoring and optimization, and ensuring end-to-end performance. “Organizations recognize that the scale and complexity of today’s multicloud environments require automation, analytics, and standardization to deliver consistent performance and reliable integrations,” Turner says.
IDC research shows that 65 percent of companies are prioritizing unified, multicloud management solutions when possible, Turner says: “Having full visibility into usage, cost and performance is vital if organizations are going to make wise choices about where to deploy different types of workloads.”
Sporttrade adopted a VMware portal that allows the company to examine all cloud usage in one place, from dashboards that break down spending across cloud services to reporting security and governance issues. It also identifies “zombie resources,” services that a company may not realize are running and incurring ongoing costs.
“We just did an exercise to figure out our costs depending on the number of users we were expecting,” Lloyd says. “It’s been great for baselining rough estimates of what our cloud computing needs will be.”
Using the native management tools offered by Google Cloud and AWS can be difficult, Lloyd says: “If you have a lot of projects in there, it’s a little hard to audit. That’s just due to them growing so fast and pushing out so many features.”
Having a centralized portal helps the company manage cost and tighten security. “From a security standpoint, it shows us everything that’s running, and we can see what hasn’t been used in a while,” Lloyd says. “Maybe we need to decommission that project and shrink our attack surface.”