The first step is usually to audit your technology footprint and identify all the specific services your employees use. Next, you need to ensure you have access to the requisite expertise. You also need to determine whether or not you need cloud brokers and/or cloud management tools to be successful. How can I better manage my business’s multi-cloud state?
Once that’s done, it’s time to put strategies, business processes and personnel in place to ensure that:
- The right cloud services are deployed to support the right workloads
- You and your partners are able to support those workloads effectively
- Various services are integrated as required
- Security requirements are met
- You are able to shift appropriately between providers as cost functions change and new features become available
- You can control Shadow IT while simultaneously enabling teams across the business to quickly access the cloud resources they want and need
Wait… what are cloud brokers and cloud management tools?
Third-party cloud brokers can source, compare and procure cloud services, and will often handle integration, management and accounting. Cloud management tools such as RightScale Cloud Management can help you monitor usage, performance and costs across multi-cloud environments. There are a wide variety of such tools available in the vendor ecosystems around each leading cloud platform.
How do I decide which cloud services best suit which workload?
It really depends on your business and on each particular use case. For example, if you’re a traditional Microsoft IT shop, Azure may be the best fit for many workloads, with a Microsoft Private Cloud architecture for workloads with stringent security or compliance requirements.
However, you may also want to utilize AWS services like Kinesis if you need real-time streaming data, or Rackspace’s ObjectRocket database-as-a-service if your app requires highly performant MongoDB or Redis.
To make the best decisions, you need cloud experts who understand the wide array of services offered by the leading providers, their strengths and weaknesses and how they map to your specific needs.