Nowadays, the cloud is leveraged by almost every organization in the world in some way or another, whether it’s using Amazon Web Services Relational Database Service or something for end users such as Salesforce.com. It’s nigh-on impossible to avoid cloud computing, and these platforms have become so popular that many organizations have turned to multiple cloud-based solutions.
According to a survey conducted by Ostarto, 65 percent of businesses stated that they have implemented more than one cloud service, and 88 percent said that they plan on increasing their usage of cloud-based solutions by the end of 2015. Simply put, it is now the age of the multicloud.
Businesses should celebrate how easy it is to deploy databases, migrate workloads and implement new technologies, services and software suites, and they are patting the cloud on the back for all the innovations that it has brought to enterprise IT. There are a few challenges that organizations will face when leveraging the multicloud, but these should not hold any companies back from these all-encompassing solutions. Here are three hurdles to clear in the multicloud and details on how exactly to do so:
1. Shadow IT
Always a pervasive threat in enterprise environments, shadow IT is a dangerous game played by employees, as procuring cloud services without IT approval can lead to lapses in cybersecurity and the degradation of network performance.
To cure the plague of shadow IT, Smart Data Collective suggested setting up boundaries with a clearly communicated policy that stresses the balance of IT management with productivity. Educated employees will be less likely to circumvent actual rules and regulations compared to those only subjected to a finger wagging.
Multiple cloud environments mean that IT departments need to manage a lot more resources than they are typically used to. However, IT teams have far better things to do than complete routine tasks.
Information Age reported that outsourcing cloud management is a great strategy, but it would also be smart to seek out remote database administrators as well to ensure better cloud control. This will keep internal IT departments focused on mission-critical details while a service provider can offer oversight for databases and cloud environments.
Unfortunately, the nature of the multicloud is that it’s very complex. There are dozens of different interfaces, technologies, services, SLAs, types of hardware and other tech solutions deployed in multicloud environments.
The solution here is to hire a service that can provide multiple professionals with unique skills. This will ensure that all bases are covered in the multicloud.
There are far too many benefits of the multicloud to ignore those IT environments, but the challenges pose hurdles to adoption. Overcome those barriers with these tips.