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Are You Ready for The Multi-Cloud Challenge?

Adam McCarthy, Senior Director and General Manager, Asia, Rackspace | June 7, 2016
A clear lesson learned from the spread of cloud computing is that no single provider satisfies all of an enterprise's requirements.

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A clear lesson learned from the spread of cloud computing is that no single provider satisfies all of an enterprise's requirements. There is a staggering variety of cloud services available and, as those services expand, so too have the demands of the enterprise to find the right mix of technology and partners to meet an ever-changing set of workload requirements. Today's reality is that few, if any, providers can even attempt to meet all of an organisation's needs. Additional pressure comes from risk reduction policies and geographically-sensitive data requirements that pull against the idea of using a single provider.

Cloud providers have varied tools and product portfolios, so staying current takes extensive resources and time. Organisational cloud planners want to deliver a seamless interface across all cloud architectures from the points of view of both users and applications. They understand that neither users nor applications should worry where or how the data is being processed, as long as they receive accurate, timely, consistent responses and results.

Managing multi-clouds remain to be a challenge for Asia

A recent IDG Connect and Rackspace survey of IT managers in Hong Kong, India and Singapore revealed that managing multi-clouds is far from simple, and not fully realised in Asia.  

Over half of overall survey respondents cite the biggest multi-cloud challenge as monitoring and managing multiple and/or complex workloads.  In Singapore, that percentage jumped to 66 percent, where an equal number of respondents highlighted the challenges of managing users across multiple platforms.

Time is also a critical factor. Respondents across all geographies rank concerns across a range of challenges including the amount of technical staff administration time that cloud management requires and a lack of consistent architectures across clouds followed closely by internal expertise.

Varied challenges from lack of expertise to the need for automation found

Across the three geographies, respondents had different primary areas of concern. The biggest proportion of respondents in Hong Kong called for more expertise in managing multiple platforms (21 percent). In India, the majority of respondents stated that they need improved support from cloud providers (17 percent). While in Singapore, IT managers highlighted the need for more automated processes for systems maintenance as a top priority.

Is there a Silver Lining?

Using multiple cloud providers brings better visibility and control over both data and infrastructure. However, enterprises find that as their business grows, the need for multiple cloud services often result in increased administrative overheads. Organisations must resolve these issues now, and not when added complexity stifles even their best efforts in adding cloud services to support business needs.


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