Overcoming the cloud hurdles
Historically, IaaS providers have not supported interoperability standards that make it easier to move workloads between their own platforms and other clouds, despite work by standards bodies such as the Open Cloud Consortium. So some specifics, such as certification and certain technical requirements, may be required. There are transitional ways of working, such as the container environment, which is vendor-agnostic, for example. There are also tools available that support platform migration to different clouds.
Compliance and security are also difficult to manage when data is spread across multiple clouds. Each cloud provider may have a different policy, which must be carefully managed to reduce risk. In addition, the governance of the cloud services’ management should be aligned with the enterprise’s security rules.
Multi-cloud has a bright future
The concept of multi-cloud is maturing rapidly as the quickest direct route to market. Enterprises are fast realizing they don’t have to get everything from one vendor but can mix and match to reach their business goals. But to achieve this, they may have hundreds of cloud services to manage within a multi-cloud solution with no common direction. That is a massive task and one where engaging an expert partner makes both economic and business sense for shaping the road and bringing efficiency and security in operations.