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An IT pro's survival guide for multi-cloud computing

Don't get lost on the multi-cloud computing trail. Use this guide to determine if multi-cloud meets your IT needs, choose the right mix of providers and map out a multi-cloud management strategy.

1Prep for multi-cloud computing-

An introduction to multi-cloud

Finding a cloud model that works for you shouldn't be like traveling without a GPS. With multi-cloud computing, you can mix and match public cloud services to meet your enterprise's unique needs. But before heading down that road, it's important to understand the ins and outs of a multi-cloud deployment, including the benefits and challenges. Here's a closer look at the evolution of multi-cloud computing in the enterprise and what cloud admins can expect.

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Find out if a multi-cloud model fits your needs

Some businesses need more than one cloud to optimize their workflows. Involving a mix of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS offerings, a multi-cloud strategy can help do just that. Continue Reading

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Plan ahead for multi-cloud deployment

Multi-cloud computing introduces new integration challenges, but organizations can overcome them with a solid deployment plan. Continue Reading

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Consistency crucial for multi-cloud success

While multi-cloud computing can help reduce the risk of data loss, organizations need to make sure their deployment model is repeatable and consistent. Continue Reading

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Don't fall for these multi-cloud misconceptions

Multi-cloud has become a bit of a buzzword in the vendor community, but its value is very much real in the enterprise. Look past the hype and find out what multi-cloud really means. Continue Reading

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Be ready for these common multi-cloud challenges

Multi-cloud offers a range of benefits, including reduced vendor lock-in risks, but it also creates API and configuration management challenges. Continue Reading

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Make a business case for multi-cloud adoption

While a multi-cloud deployment requires an enterprise to invest both time and money to get right, it also significantly reduces the potential for downtime -- something business execs will want to know. Continue Reading

2Weigh cloud vendor options-

Selecting providers for multi-cloud

Choosing providers for a multi-cloud environment can be just as difficult, if not more difficult, than choosing a single cloud provider. IT pros must carefully evaluate vendors to determine which offer the services they need and fit within their budget. But organizations should also remember that, even after they make their choice, there is no need to put down permanent roots. Continuously assess selected providers and know when it's time to pack up and leave for another one.

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Major cloud providers slowly embrace interoperability

IaaS vendors such as AWS, Azure and Google haven't always played well with each other. Now, as enterprises demand portability across clouds, they are starting to enable this model -- but there is more work to be done. Continue Reading

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Integration is key when choosing multiple cloud providers

When evaluating cloud providers for multi-cloud computing, determine which blend of services fits your business and cloud needs -- and always keep integration in mind. Continue Reading

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Unscramble multi-cloud complexities with cloud service brokers

Understanding all the ins and outs of multi-cloud computing can be difficult -- especially when choosing a provider. Consider using a cloud service broker to point you in the right direction. Continue Reading

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OpenStack users face multi-cloud challenges

Enterprises with OpenStack private clouds can still pursue a multi-cloud model, but there management, configuration and compatibility challenges to overcome. Continue Reading

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How to know when to dump your cloud provider

Sometimes you and your cloud provider grow apart. Maybe it no longer meets your needs or fits within your budget. These helpful tips will help you recognize when it's time to let go. Continue Reading

3Management and development-

Multi-cloud management and development considerations

Infrastructure management in a multi-cloud model can introduce a boatload of obstacles. Before jumping in, test the waters by mapping the features you need to the possible services or tools that can help you manage them. As multi-cloud computing becomes more common, vendors are developing new management tools to help you track expenses and resources across cloud platforms. In addition, always develop apps with portability in mind to ensure smooth sailing on your multi-cloud voyage.

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Multi-cloud management isn't a walk in the park

While a multi-cloud deployment provides more flexibility and choice, management can be difficult. Cloud service brokers, and an auditing process, can help. Continue Reading

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Does a single-pane-of-glass management tool truly exist?

Enterprises strive for that one cloud management tool to rule them all, but it is still largely out of reach. However, there are some tools that excel at providing visibility into multi-cloud environments. Continue Reading

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Managing apps across multicloud environments

To better manage configurations across cloud stacks, consider using tools that are commonly used for DevOps, such as Puppet and Chef. Continue Reading

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Optimize multi-cloud with an API management strategy

APIs are an important part of cloud deployment. And because multi-cloud computing requires organizations to work with multiple APIs, an API management strategy is key. Continue Reading

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Third-party tools ease multi-cloud management troubles

A multi-cloud strategy enables enterprises to build more redundant systems and optimize deployments, but adds its own brand of complexities. Use these tips and tools to overcome them. Continue Reading

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Resource, orchestration abstraction streamline multi-cloud management

Two abstraction models -- resource and orchestration -- can simplify multi-cloud management tasks. Follow this advice to see which method is right for you. Continue Reading

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Self-service challenges grow with multiple IaaS clouds

User self-service issues increase with multi-cloud, especially when it comes to integration -- and it seems most enterprises put this challenge on the back burner. Continue Reading

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Avoid these security gaps in a multi-cloud architecture

There are a lot of moving parts in a multi-cloud strategy, all of which need to be secured. Use this handbook to assess your options to protect multi-cloud workloads. Continue Reading

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Use containers to increase app portability

Containers continue to increase in popularity due to their portability benefits. But in some circumstances, VMs are a more appropriate option. Continue Reading

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Four tips to build an app that's ready for multi-cloud

When developers set out to build multi-cloud applications, they should pay close attention to automation, sensitive data and how they provide a single point of entry for users. Continue Reading

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Provider-native tools threaten app portability

AWS, Azure and Google have slowly embraced multi-cloud, but their managed Kubernetes services can complicate workload migration. Learn how to work around these limitations. Continue Reading

4Multi-cloud cost optimization-

Manage multi-cloud costs

Enterprises want their cloud environment to perform well, but also need to pay attention to their bottom line. Cost management and optimization is a huge endeavor with a single cloud platform, and the use of multiple clouds creates even more complexity. There are several aspects of a multi-cloud strategy that can increase your bill, such as network integration and traffic costs, so enterprises need to carefully monitor these areas. Fortunately, there are native and third-party cost-management tools to track and optimize spending.

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Build a multi-cloud vendor, cost management strategy

To keep multi-cloud costs under control, admins need to carefully set up user access policies, choose the right tool set and be smart about vendor negotiations. Continue Reading

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Don't overlook hefty networking costs in a multi-cloud

Traffic charges can quickly add up on a cloud bill, especially if data regularly moves into and off of a platform. Use these tips to avoid steep networking costs. Continue Reading

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Set up a multi-cloud cost allocation structure

To effectively monitor and optimize multi-cloud spend, admins need to implement a cost allocation strategy that relies on automation and a solid tagging taxonomy. Continue Reading

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Optimize costs, reduce wasted spend in multi-cloud

When you adopt a multi-cloud model, you have to adapt to a new cost management strategy, as well. Both top providers and third-party vendors offer tools to monitor spending and avoid any surprises. Continue Reading

5Terms to know for multi-cloud -

Multi-cloud glossary

Before you adopt a multi-cloud model, it's important to understand the key terminology. Whether you're an IT pro using multi-cloud today, or just want to get a better grasp on the concept, here are definitions you should know.

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