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A Guide to Managing the Complexities of Multicloud Adoption

Learn about a successful multicloud adoption strategy with guest expert David Linthicum
Multicloud adoption is on the rise, with teams leveraging multiple cloud providers to meet their varied needs. Learn how to do it right.
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Multicloud adoption is on the rise, with organizations leveraging multiple cloud providers to meet their varied needs. But many of these deployments are unplanned and lack proper architecture, leading to a haphazard approach.

In this blog post, we’ll explore:

  • The upsides and downsides of a multicloud approach
  • The evolving landscape of cross-cloud services
  • Tips for successfully navigating the complexities of multicloud implementation

I. Understanding Multicloud Adoption

Multicloud adoption is becoming increasingly common, with studies indicating that approximately 95% of organizations are leveraging multicloud environments. However, in many cases these multicloud deployments are unintentional, where organizations have a primary cloud provider like AWS and a few other clouds used by different departments. Without adequate planning, this approach can lead to inefficiencies and operational challenges.

The Challenges of Multicloud Deployment

Operating in a multicloud environment poses unique challenges. Each cloud provider has its own set of security, operations, governance, and observability capabilities. Organizations using multiple cloud providers end up juggling these different features, resulting in increased complexity and costs. Without careful management, the rise in the number of cloud-based systems can tip the balance in the wrong direction, lowering the value and diminishing returns on investments in cloud technologies.

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II. Moving Towards Cross-Cloud Services

Recognizing the need to address the complexities of multicloud, many companies in the industry are moving towards cross-cloud services like SuperCloud and Metacloud. These services aim to create a logical architecture that sits above existing public clouds and provides common services such as security, governance, and financial operations (FinOps). While this approach offers a potential solution, each company’s cross-cloud platform will be bespoke, tailored to their specific requirements.

The Evolution Towards a Cross-Cloud Platform

The future of cloud (and multicloud) lies in the development of a cross-cloud platform. This platform aims to facilitate multicloud deployment by productizing the various components that make up the SuperCloud or Metacloud. The goal is to create a more turnkey solution, simplifying the configuration and management process. The ultimate vision is a deployment model where applications run seamlessly across multiple platforms, bridging the gap between different clouds and allowing for efficient collaboration.

III. Managing Complexity for Success

To successfully navigate multicloud adoption, organizations need to address the complexity challenge. A key aspect to this is proper architecture planning and design. It’s essential to understand the specific requirements and leverage a customized stack of tools, ensuring a tailored approach. And organizations must aim to streamline operations by reducing redundancies in security, operations, governance, and observability tools. By consolidating toolsets, organizations can minimize complexity and optimize budget allocation.

Empowering Developers with Best-of-Breed Technology

One of the benefits of multicloud adoption is the ability to leverage best-of-breed technologies across different cloud providers. To enable developers to use innovative tools, organizations must foster a culture that encourages the selection of the best database, AI systems, and other technologies. By removing limitations tied to a specific cloud provider, developers can optimize their workflow and drive innovation.

Multicloud adoption is likely inevitable, so navigating its complexities is crucial

By understanding the challenges associated with multicloud deployments, exploring the potential of cross-cloud services, and managing complexity through proper planning and consolidation, organizations can unlock the true value of multicloud implementation and empower developers with best-in-class technology. While the path to a comprehensive multicloud environment may still be evolving, with careful consideration and strategic decision-making, organizations can embark on a successful multicloud journey, capitalizing on the benefits of this transformative technology.


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With the ever-growing sophistication of cloud infrastructures, N2WS offers a seamless and efficient solution, ensuring that your data is protected and accessible at all times. Its intuitive interface and robust automation capabilities simplify backup and recovery processes, enabling you to navigate across cloud platforms with ease.

Whether you’re juggling AWS, Azure, or both, N2WS streamlines operations, saving you time, money, and headaches. Its high level of security and compliance features guarantees your data’s safety, allowing you to focus on what really matters: innovation and growth. In a multicloud world, N2WS is your trusted partner in keeping your data secure and readily available at all times.

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