Multi-Cloud Environments Force CIOs To Rethink Cloud Strategies

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 27, 2017


The rise of multi-cloud environments demands a rethinking of how things should be managed. A recent survey released by BMC finds 40 percent of IT decision makers do not know how much they are spending on cloud services. The survey even finds that artificial intelligence is being considered, with 78 percent indicating that their companies are looking for ways to apply AI as part of their multi-cloud management strategies.

“The number one driver for adopting multiple clouds is cost optimization, yet two out of every five IT leaders are completely in the dark on what their organizations are spending on cloud,” said Bill Berutti, President, Enterprise Solutions at BMC. “Multi-cloud has truly changed the game: the traditional way of looking at IT infrastructure simply does not work anymore. IT leaders must consider new ways to manage multi-cloud environments to ensure they are getting the expected benefits from public cloud in terms of cost savings, automated performance optimization, and increased security and governance.”

Recognizing the complexity of managing multiple cloud environments, 80 percent of respondents agree that new approaches and tools are required. Among the new approaches being considered is AI, with 78 percent of IT decision-makers indicating that their companies are looking for ways to apply artificial intelligence as part of their multi-cloud management strategies.

Earlier, IDC predicted that more than 60% of enterprise IT organizations will have committed to multi-cloud architectures, driving up the rate and pace of change in IT organizations.  

At the Asia/Pacific Enterprise Cloud Conference 2017, held in Singapore in August, William Lee, Associate Director for IDC Asia/Pacific’s Cloud Services Research Program said, ”The resulting technology-driven business market will mean that more than 70% of Asia Pacific enterprises will have a multi-cloud strategy by 2018, and the need for efficient management of the new multi-cloud environment will mean that 65% of those with a multi-cloud strategy will seek management solutions from external providers to meet the complexities of managing cloud 2.0 environments.

BMC offers the following recommendations for organizations to successfully manage multi-cloud environments:

Gain increased visibility into cloud assets to get the complete picture Get a clear picture of cloud costs: it may not make sense to run everything in cloud Take a proactive stance to harden a broader attack surface, ensure compliance Re-think management approaches: simplify and automate as much as possible AI and machine learning can remove repetition out of multi-cloud management

According to the report, 45 percent of the global survey respondents indicated cost optimization as a reason for using more than one public cloud vendor, with 44 percent indicating a desire to maintain agility and 40 percent mitigating risk with multiple cloud providers. Survey respondents indicated that implementing security and governance policies is the top challenge when managing multi-cloud environments, followed by automation, optimizing resource utilization, and cloud consumption costs. Highlighting the need to address the security challenges amplified by a larger, more distributed, increasingly virtual infrastructure, IT decision-makers indicate that security is the primary area they intend to invest in over the next 24-36 months.

“The majority of IT leaders now understand that the complexity created by multi-cloud is amplifying the traditional challenges business face: security, visibility, cost, performance, automation, and migration,” Berutti continued. “Now they must also adapt their management approach using new technology solutions built for multi-cloud that leverage machine learning and AI to reduce that complexity.”