Given an environment of constantly evolving goals, organizations in healthcare and other sectors are increasingly turning to multi-cloud infrastructure in order to be able to select the most appropriate environment for specific programs and applications.
For example, as tech writer Kerry Doyle recently explained, “a cloned IaaS deployment ensures higher availability, more efficient failover, disaster recovery and reduced risk of crippling distributed denial-of-service attacks. Moreover, the growing data explosion increasingly requires unique approaches to handling different types of corporate information. By having more than one service and diversifying cloud deployments, businesses can more effectively match specific workload requirements to the most appropriate platform while at the same time gaining leverage for negotiating service-level agreements and contracts.”
Needless to says, managing multiple clouds usually means additional IT complexity, Doyle points out, and “controlling cloud sprawl can take up valuable IT time and resources that otherwise could be devoted to more critical operations.”
Which leads, Doyle says, to the growing interest in multi-cloud management platforms.
“A management platform provides organizations with new levels of order and visibility into multi-cloud environments and governance. . . As a flexible, customizable foundation, multi-cloud management platforms offer a self-service environment for requisitioning the most optimal cloud resources, from processing power to storage capabilities. Through increased visibility, IT professionals can more effectively track performance, resolve issues and accurately predict and control usage costs.”
Despite their growing popularity, Doyle also points to the ongoing challenges of multi-cloud management platforms. “Of particular concern are their abilities to integrate private clouds, manage customized legacy applications or gain granular control of hybrid environments.”
Nonetheless, with either a comprehensive multi-cloud management platform or individual third-party tools, “organizations can gain full awareness of cloud spending patterns and automatically scale up or down to achieve the right balance between cost and service availability.”