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Security and cost control are keys to effective multi-cloud management

While a multi-cloud management approach provides the necessary insight, automation and control to keep cloud sprawl in check, it remains an emerging market at an early stage of maturity.

Jeff Rowe | Mar 02, 2018 12:00 am

Organizations across all economic sectors, including in healthcare, are increasingly tapping into multiple cloud services simultaneously to build and support an array of ongoing initiatives and services.

But while multi-cloud scenarios can offer health IT managers greater flexibility, it also requires a keen eye toward managing a range of cloud platforms.  And for that, many are turning to multi-cloud management platforms.

As tech writer Kerry Doyle explained recently, “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.”

One of the key challenges for IT managers, Doyle notes, is managing growing reservoirs of data, a challenge which includes both ensuring it’s accessibility but also the security that is particularly critical when it comes to patient data.

A key challenge for IT leaders is to ensure that all corporate information in the cloud is well-managed and protected. To that end, Doyle says, cloud “providers have steadily improved security and met regulatory requirements that previously prevented critical workload deployments.”

It's useful to note that all of these multi-cloud management approaches, whether major branded platforms or third-party tools, present challenges, Doyle observes. “Of particular concern are their abilities to integrate private clouds, manage customized legacy applications or gain granular control of hybrid environments.”

In the end, grappling with the complexity of multi-cloud management means controlling costs and ensuring security. And “with either a comprehensive multi-cloud management platform or individual third-party tools,” says Doyle, “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.”

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